The Outlaw

The Outlaw

Streaming Video - 1943
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This timeless American Western is legendary for at least two reasons. It's one of the best takes on the classic tale of Billy The Kid. But it's even more famous for being the vehicle that made Jane Russell a Hollywood starlet and sex symbol for the ages. Also starring Jack Beutel and Walter Huston, the movie follows the friendship of Billy and fellow outlaw Doc Holliday, as they both pursue the affections of Holliday's girlfriend, Rio (Jane Russell) while being chased through the desert by Sheriff Pat McGarrett and his posse. Financed and directed by reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes, its release was delayed several years due to censorship issues relating to Russell's abundant cleavage!Newly appointed Sheriff Pat Garrett meets with an old friend, Don Holliday, who is on the trail of his stolen horse that Billy the Kid has. When Doc and Billy become friends it affects the friendship with Pat and Doc and he asks them to leave his town.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Chest Media Group : Made available through hoopla, 1943
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 116 min.)) : sd., col

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 09, 2015

More interesting from a film history aspect, than the film itself, a 1941 western (released in 1943) introducing big girl Jane Russell.

I did watch the colorized version - and the quality was quite good.

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ManMachine
Jun 10, 2015

When it comes to 1943's "The Outlaw" (produced and directed by Howard Hughes) - Would it be at all fair of me to say that (from a straight man's perspective) this film's only truly notable asset was, indeed, Jane Russell's "38D-24-36" measurements, and not her acting abilities?

Yep. As shallow and sexist as that may sound, it's pretty much the truth. 'Cause as far as even coming close to being a marginally satisfying Western, "The Outlaw" just did not deliver the goods (regardless that its main character was the famed outlaw, Billy, the Kid).

I mean, let's face it - "The Outlaw" was (and always will be) all about Jane's breasts. And, believe me, director Howard Hughes sure made damn certain that her cleavage-enhancing blouses revealed as much of her bountiful bosom as the censors would legally allow.

Actually filmed in 1941, it took Hughes 2 solid years of battling with the censor board to allow "The Outlaw" to be released as it was (which was unbelievably tame by today's standards).

As you can well-imagine, all of this legal wrangling with the censors over Jane's exposed cleavage did absolute wonders for this film as far as free publicity goes. Needless to say - When "The Outlaw" was finally released in 1943, the insatiably curious movie-goers literally lined up right around the block to get a cinematic-gander at Russell's more-than-ample boobs.

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Monolith
May 23, 2012

Well, this corny and controversial Howard Hughes film is definitely one of the wimpiest Westerns I've ever seen. Billy The Kid steals Doc Holliday's horse, and they become 'pardners' with an "Aw shucks." The Kid kills Rio McDonald's brother and she ends up 'marrying' (cute) him. I thought Holliday and The Kid were gonna ride off in the sunset together holding hands, for crying out loud. Although the movie was completed in 1941, Hughes had considerable trouble getting it approved by the Hollywood Production Code Administration due to its heavy emphasis on and prominent display of 19 year old Jane Russell's, ahem, assets, (rrRROWRR!), and it wasn't widely released until '46. Hughes went to great lengths to enhance her bosom - he even employed his engineering skills to create an underwire bra with steel rods, in order to expose more of it. She denied wearing it in the movie in her autobiography, unbeknownst to Hughes. It's apparently ended up in a Hollywood museum.

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Monolith
May 23, 2012

Doc Holliday (on women, to Billy The Kid): "They're all alike... There isn't anything they wouldn't do for ya... or to ya..."

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Monolith
May 23, 2012

Billy The Kid (at Doc Holliday's funeral): "I think we oughta say something over Doc." Pat Garrett: "You'd better do it." (they take their hats off) Billy The Kid: "...So long, Doc."

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