CastAudie Murphy (Bill Doolin / The Cimarron Kid), Beverly Tyler (Carrie Roberts), James Best (Bitter Creek Dalton), Yvette Duguay (Cimarron Rose Adams (as Yvette Dugay)), John Hudson (Dynamite Dick Dalton), Hugh O'Brian (Red Buck) Release date1952 (1952) WriterLouis Stevens (screenplay), Louis Stevens (story), Kay Lenard (story) GenresWestern, Action Film, Romance Film Similar moviesAudie Murphy appears in The Cimarron Kid and A Time for Dying
The Cimarron Kid is a 1952 American Technicolor Western film directed by Budd Boetticher starring Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler and James Best.
Bill Doolan (Audie Murphy) is released from jail and is going home on the train when it is held up by his boyhood friends, the Dalton Gang. Doolin finds himself accused of helping the crime and winds up an outlaw.
Audie Murphy as Bill Doolin / The Cimarron Kid
Beverly Tyler as Carrie Roberts
James Best as Bitter Creek Dalton
Yvette Dugay as Rose
John Hudson as Dynamite Dick Dalton
Hugh O'Brian as Red Buck
Roy Roberts as Pat Roberts
David Wolfe as Sam Swanson
Noah Beery Jr as Bob Dalton
Leif Erickson as Marshal John Sutton
John Hubbard as George Weber
Frank Silvera as Stacey Marshall
The film was based on a story by Louis Stevens. It was assigned to producer Ted Richmond at Universal for Audie Murphy in April 1951.
It was the first Western from Budd Boetticher, who later became famous for his work in the genre. “I became a western director because they thought I looked like one and they thought I rode better than anyone else," said Boetticher later. "And I didn’t know anything about the west.” It was also the director's first film in color and his first under a long term contract with Universal Pictures.
In the original script, Murphy's character died at the end of the movie. However, the studio decided to change it to reflect the actor's rising popularity.