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The Outlaw (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 November 1946 (Mexico)
Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

Directors:

Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks (uncredited)

Writer:

Jules Furthman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Buetel ... Billy the Kid (as Jack Beutel)
Jane Russell ... Rio McDonald
Thomas Mitchell ... Pat Garrett
Walter Huston ... Doc Holliday
Mimi Aguglia ... Guadalupe
Joe Sawyer ... Charley Woodruff
Gene Rizzi ... Stranger who draws on The Kid
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Storyline

Newly appointed sheriff Pat Garrett is pleased when his old friend Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico on the stage. Doc is trailing his stolen horse, and it is discovered in the possession of Billy the Kid. In a surprising turnaround, Billy and Doc become friends. This causes the friendship between Doc and Pat to cool. The odd relationship between Doc and Billy grows stranger when Doc hides Billy at his girl, Rio's, place after Billy is shot. She falls for Billy, although he treats her very badly. Interaction between these four is played out against an Indian attack before a final showdown reduces the group's number. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 November 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlaw See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jane Russell got the role after a nationwide search by Howard Hughes for a busty actress. See more »

Goofs

Doc Holliday changes position several times between shots during his first conversation with Billy the Kid. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Townsman: Doc Holliday just got off the stagecoach! Do you want me and some of the boys to come along with you?
Pat Garrett: Why do ask that?
Townsman: Well, I certainly wouldn't want to fool around with him if I were alone.
Pat Garrett: I don't blame you, but I ain't gonna make no trouble for Doc Holliday. He's my best friend!
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Crazy Credits

Prologue: "The Outlaw" is a story of the untamed West.

Frontier days when the reckless fire of guns and passions blazed an era of death, destruction, and lawlessness.

Days when the fiery desert sun beat down avengingly on the many who dared defy justice and outrage decency. See more »

Alternate Versions

A new version exists, restored from 35mm prints and not rated, in b&w DVD, colorized DVD, and video download. June 16, 2009, the distributor announced it as «complete, uncensored 117 minute version» which is true as far as one may deem that Howard Hughes came to accept his «second cut» of March 31, 1941 (117 min) - forced by PCA's censorship - as his own. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Century of Cinema (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
(1888) (uncredited
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Second movement in the score during the cuckoo clock episode
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Lust in the dust.
16 November 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Highly anticipated. Hyped to the hilt. Howard Hawks directs with the aid of Howard Hughes. This western depicts the relationships between Billy the Kid(Jack Buetel),Doc Holliday(Walter Huston) and Sheriff Pat Garrett(Thomas Mitchell). Cowboys, Indians and gun play are not the main feature...the debut of Jane Russell is! This movie was filmed in 1941, but it took two years to pass the censors due to the shameless display of Russell's ample assets(36D). Aircraft pioneer Hughes actually designed the bra that helps showcase Russell. This is also Buetel's debut; but Huston is the one to prove his screen greatness. Probably the first sex western. Of course the fade outs leave a lot to the imagination. Worth the ballyhoo.


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