Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Day They Hanged Kid Curry is the syndication title for the 90-minute second-season opener of the TV series Alias Smith and Jones. This Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid derivation stars Peter Deuel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Kid Curry, a pair of handsome and lovable old-west bandits who've never killed anybody. The governor promises Heyes and Curry a pardon if they can stay out of mischief for one year; the boys agree, adopting the aliases of Joshua Smith and Thaddeus Jones. This "backstory" was well established when The Day They Hanged Kid Curry was telecast on September 16, 1971. The adventure at hand involves a trumped-up murder charge which finds the hapless Curry facing the gallows. His only salvation is a slick con man played by Walter Brennan, who goes to the sheriff and pleads for the Kid's release. Oh, almost forgot: Brennan shows up in female drag, passing himself off as Curry's doting grandma. Now you want to see this thing, don't you?
killing, child, false-accusation, going-straight, investigation, murder, one-against-odds, outlaw [Western]