A light and frothy western that, in a genre marked by classics still stands up as good entertainment.
The plot, as with most of its type, plays fast and loose with history, pitting Billy the Kid against Doc Holliday. The love triangle that forms between them and the lovely Jane Russell brings a sense of menace to the piece as one knows the two gunslingers will surely face one another off.
The contrast between impetuous but bonny Billy and the wizened Doc offers a pleasing, if predictable, platform for the film. As the two form the bonds of friendship, a tenderness for the characters and growing tension at the underlying love trysts keeps one glued to the screen. The brooding machismo is well countered by Russell's sultry mexican who sets the screen alight with sexual charisma.
Events are speeded by the town sheriff who, unusually for the time, provides the antagonist. His repeated and unreasonable attempts to apprehend Billy lead to the inevitable showdown where the Kid demonstrates his wits are as quick as his shooting irons.
The overall confection is too frothy and light to have a true impact beyond the diversional. For those who like a Western without the emotional/philosophical weights so often attached, you couldn't do better.