Paul Newman Western Filmography – The Left Handed Gun – 1958

Paul Newman only made about 6 Westerns (IMO). But most were noteworthy.

The Left Handed Gun (1958); Hud (1963); Hombre (1967); The Outrage (1964); Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969); The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972); Pocket Money (1972); and Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976).

Hud and Pocket money may be questionable as Westerns, but some feel the flavour is there.

The Left Handed Gun is just one of at least 24 films made about Billy the Kid. It marked Director Arthur Penn’s (Little Big Man (1970) The Missouri Breaks (1976)), film Directing début.

Confession: I have never seen The Left Handed Gun. As far as I can tell, it’s never (or very rarely) shown on TV. Western Film experts will definitely have seen it and can offer an opinion. I cannot. My guess is the experts would consider this movie a ‘necessary watch’ for any Western film fan. So I better catch up on it. As I’ve stated before, I’m a mere Western Movie fan – not an expert. For some real expert opinion check out my Blogroll.

But I know what I like.

Screen Banner shot / Comic Book Cover / Paul

The Left Handed Gun poster

Poster quality in films can vary from the sublime to outright awful.
These two are not great.

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Excellent publicity shots below …The Left Handed Gun - Paul Newman

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The Left Handed Gun …



AllMovie Review The Left Handed Gun
AllMovie review and Synopsis (below)

Synopsis – by Hal Erickson

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.

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John Dehner as Pat Garrett / Newman as ‘The Kid”

John Dehner got a LOT of work over the years.
For good reason: he was damn good at anything he did.

Rotten Tomatoes Left Handed Gun
Rotten Tomatoes / The Left Handed Gun
IMDB The Left Handed Gun
IMDB / The Left Handed Gun


Keep the change Kid ...
Keep the change Kid …
Arthur Penn - Director
Arthur Penn – Director
Iconic Itmage
Iconic Image – James Best at left
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Newman and Lita Milan … never drop yer Colt

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The Left Handed Gun - DVD
The Left Handed Gun – DVD

Elmore Leonard, Writer of ‘3:10 to Yuma’, ‘Hombre’, ‘Valdez is Coming’ passes …

“I leave out the parts that people skip.”
Elmore Leonard

Novelist Elmore Leonard dies at 87

Edited from “Crime novelist Elmore Leonard who wrote ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘3:10 to Yuma‘ dies at 87″
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Elmore Leonard died on Tuesday morning at age 87 from complications due to a stroke.

Leonard, winner of an honorary National Book Award in 2012.

Wrote more than 40 novels.

He didn’t have a best-seller until his 60th year.

Passed on: Elmore Leonard, pictured here in September 2012, died on Tuesday due to complications from a stroke

He had some minor successes in the 1950s and ’60s in writing Western stories and novels, a couple of which were made into movies. But when interest in the Western dried up, he turned to writing scripts for educational and industrial films while trying his hand at another genre: crime novels.

Leonard had sold his first story, ‘Trail of the Apache,’ in 1951 and followed with 30 more for such magazines as ‘Dime Westerns,’ earning 2 or 3 cents a word.

One story, ‘3:10 to Yuma,’ became a noted 1956 movie starring Glenn Ford, and ‘The Captives‘ was made into a film the same year called ‘The Tall T. starring Randolph Scott.

But the small windfall wasn’t enough for Leonard to quit his day job. (‘3:10 to Yuma‘ was remade in 2007, starring Russell Crowe.)

His first novel, ‘The Bounty Hunters,’ was published in 1953, and he wrote four more in the next eight years. One of them, ‘Hombre,’ about a white man raised by Apaches, was a breakthrough for the struggling young writer. When 20th Century Fox bought the rights for $10,000 in 1967, he quit the ad business to write full time.

Hombre‘ became a pretty good movie starring Paul Newman, and the book was named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the Western Writers of America.

Soon, another Leonard Western, ‘Valdez Is Coming,’ became a star vehicle for Burt Lancaster. But as the 1960s ended, the market for Westerns fizzled. Leonard wrote five more, but they sold poorly, and Hollywood had lost interest.

Elmore Leonard books that became movies:

3:10 to Yuma                     Get Shorty
The Big Bounce                  Touch
Stick                                     Jackie Brown
52 Pickup                           Out of Sight

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MFW: Well … maybe Hollywood has lost interest. But there’s plenty around here. I always say that ‘Great Directors make great movies’, but first you have to have great writing, a great story, with great characters and dialogue.

Thank you Leonard. You will be missed.

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