Paul Newman, still years away from the legend that he was to become, does a fine job in this heavily-glamorized account of the life of Billy the Kid. His famous blue eyes seem to possess an otherworldly glow in the black and white cinematography and his pouty expression fits perfectly with this melodramatic presentation.
This a typical misunderstood-youth-goes-bad film that probably fit the angst of 1950's teens who were themselves rebelling to the status quo with rock music. The fact that Newman's Kid travels with two other young men makes "Gun" a perfect reflection of the era.
Able support comes from co-stars John Dehner as Pat Garrett and Hurd Hatfield as pulpwriter who may have homoerotic designs on Kid. Even, James Best, who would be forever remembered for his role as the Sheriff on "The Dukes of Hazzard," does admirable as one of the Kids "boyz." Denver Pyle, also of "Dukes" has a memorable "turn" as one of Billy's victims.
Leonard Rosenman also contributes an excitingly robust score.
"The Left-handed Gun" is a rarity among the western genre: a Freudian horse opera.