The Left-Handed Gun

The Left-Handed Gun

Paul Newman
Director: Arthur Penn Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, Lita Milan
Lita Milan
, Hurd Hatfield
Hurd Hatfield
Arthur Penn

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The Left Handed Gun was adapted by Gore Vidal from his own TV play, The Death of Billy the Kid. 33-year-old Paul Newman stars as 21-year-old William Bonney, the hotheaded gunslinger known as Billy the Kid. Avoiding the usual Hollywood glamourization of this controversial character, Newman portays Bonney pretty much as he was: an illiterate, homicidal cretin. Treated with kindness for the first time in his life by rancher Tunstall (Colin Keith-Johnston), Bonney becomes devoted to the rancher; in fact, it is virtually a love affair. Soon after, however, Tunstall is killed, prompting Bonney to go on a murderous spree. In the end, Bonney must face down the other important father-figure in his life, Pat Garrett (John Dehner). In case anyone should miss the Freudian subtext in The Left Handed Gun, the closeups of Bonney fondling his six-shooter will make things crystal clear.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2020
UPC: 0883929709755
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 18,781

Special Features

Commentary by director Arthur Penn; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman William 'Billy the Kid' Bonney
Lita Milan Celsa
Hurd Hatfield Moultrie
James Congdon Charlie Boudre
James Best Tom Folliard
John Dehner Pat Garrett
Colin Keith-Johnston Tunstall
John Dierkes McSween
Bob Anderson Hill
Wally Brown Moon
Ainslie Pryor Joe Grant
Martin Garralaga Saval
Denver Pyle Ollinger
Paul Smith Smith
Nestor Paiva Maxwell
Jo Summers Mrs. Garrett
Robert Foulk Brady
Robert Anderson Hill

Technical Credits
Arthur Penn Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Fred Coe Producer
Alexander Courage Score Composer
Earl Crain Sound/Sound Designer
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Art Loel Art Director
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Russ Saunders Asst. Director
Leslie Stevens Screenwriter
Gore Vidal Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Left-Handed Gun
1. Credits.
2. Turnstall Takes Billy On.
3. Lying In Wait.
4. Through A Glass Darkly.
5. Into A Bullet's Path.
6. Gotta Do Something.
7. Called With Lead.
8. Inferno.
9. Sanctuary In Madero.
10. Garrett's Caution.
11. Breaking Up The Peace.
12. Nothing A Young Girl Can't Fix.
13. See Your Gun, Mister?
14. Shooting The Moon.
15. Shooting Moon.
16. Hill's Unrest.
17. Wedding Vows.
18. Post-Wedding Vow.
19. Run, Skinny Dog.
20. Cornered.
21. They Think They Know Him.
22. Jailbreak.
23. On Billy's Trail.
24. You're Not Him.
25. Unwanted.
26. Empty Holster.

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