Retrospektive 2018

The Fargo Kid

Edward Killy
USA 1940
63 min

Remembered today for his prominent roles in THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, Tim Holt was better known during his career as the popular star of more than forty B-Westerns made at RKO, cast by Welles and Huston precisely because of his upstanding cowboy persona. Holt’s boyish and likeable screen presence made him an ideal replacement for RKO’s earlier Western star, the chivalrous George O’Brien, and allowed him to glide across the melding of violent action-adventure, light comedy and song that remained a standard formula of Holt’s often compelling oaters. Only the second of Holt’s RKO Westerns, THE FARGO KID mines a more comedic vein than other entries, following Holt as a wandering cowpoke mistaken for a notorious gunslinger without even noticing, until it is almost too late. In the role of Holt’s friend is country songwriter and singer Ray Whitley who wrote the famous Western Ballard made immortal by Gene Autry, “Back in the Saddle Again” and remained a staple of the singing cowboy films. (Haden Guest)


  • Ray Whitley
  • Emmett Lynn
  • Jane Drummond
  • Cy Kendall
  • Ernie Adams
  • Paul Fix
  • Tim Holt
  • Morton Grant
  • Arthur V. Jones
  • W. C. Tuttle
  • Harry Y. Wild
  • John Leipold
RKO Pictures
16 mm
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