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The Outlaw (1943)

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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The original story of Billy the Kid. See more »


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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell and Ben Johnson. See more »

Goofs

Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) appear in several scenes. Joshua tree occurs in southeastern California (mostly, southern Nevada, northwestern Arizona, and extreme southwestern Utah, but not in New Mexico, where the story takes place. 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 Shooting the Hollywood Stars (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Trail to Mexico (Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)
(uncredited)
Traditional ballad
Integrated often into the score
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Hughes Shouldn'a Ought'a Had'a Dunnit !!
1 July 2002 | by tmpjSee all my reviews

I have seen this 'film', "The Outlaw", on a number of occasions. Frankly, I don't understand what all of the hubbub is about. The film is absolutely dreadful. Great talent (Walter Huston and Thomas Mitchell) is wasted in this film with an 'identity crisis'. It doesn't know if it wants to be a western, or a romance, or a comedy. Maybe it did introduce Jane Russell to the screen, but that appears to be the only justification for making this celluloid nightmare. Her acting talents are virtually non-existent, though she looks good. Jack Beutel is forgettable as 'Billy the Kid', and he gives an un-inspired performance that is something far beyond lackluster. One gets the feeling he is reading his lines 'cold' from cue cards. The film moves very slowly, is not particularly well written ( despite its hightly acclaimed screenwriter credits), is dreadfully acted, and is a very difficult watch, almost the equivalent of Chinese Water Torture. Fortunately, the film never takes itself seriously. And it's a good thing. It isn't the kind of film to be taken seriously !! I would recommend that it be shown in maximum security prisons as a substitute for lethal injection ! The film stunk then, it still stinks, and if it's part of film history, it isn't one of the high points, and the student of film needn't spend too much time here. The creative Victor Young music score and the innovative cinematography of Gregg Toland make the film watchable, but aren't enough to salvage this dreadnaught. Hughes shouldn'a had'da ought'a done it !! He should have hired a REAL director to crack the whip, and he should have taken the gag and handcuffs off of the writer and restored him to his artistic creativity. This didn't happen. Instead, some of the best talent of the period--both in front of and behind the camera--is wasted, and what masquerades to some as film history is seen by this writer as 'Film Misery'!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 November 1946 (Mexico) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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