Metro turned this one out on Realife – shooting with a 70mm camera [negative] after which the result is reduced to 35mm for the projectors on which a special lens supposedly brings out all the condensed details on an enlarged screen. It spreads across the stage in the same oblong shape as Fox’s Grandeur [process, used for The Big Trail, also 1930]. The panoramic exteriors all look good. Director King Vidor evidently wanted to impress that fact early for the initial shot is an imposing peek of what may be the Grand Canyon.
Billy the Kid [from the book The Saga of Billy the Kid by Walter Noble Burns] is replete with gunfights and anti-climaxes. At least on two occasions it looks as if the feature is finished – but it keeps right on going. There’s little or no love interest, albeit the script intimates that the Kid would like to fall for best friend’s wife. That her fiance is shot on their wedding day is the reason the Kid swears vengeance upon one-half of the State of New Mexico and they have to call in the cavalry to halt his ensuing feud with the Donovan mob.