The Outlaw (1943)
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as Billy the Kid
as Billy the Kid
as Doc Holliday
as Pat Garrett
as Coach Driver
as Drunk Cowboy
Critic Reviews for The Outlaw
One of the weirdest westerns of all time, reflecting the eccentricities of its producer and credited director, Howard Hughes.
By today's standards the film is naive and amateurish, but in 1943, it was one of the most scandalous features Hollywood has made due to Howard Hughes brilliant campaign to exploit Jane Russell's buxum.
Stagey, not that well written, acted or directed (by Howard Hughes) western. More infamous than good.
There are only two reasons why anyone was intrigued with this film...can you guess?
The film would be G-rated today, but at the time, that hint of skin was enough to send people scampering for a little water to put on their brow.
Audience Reviews for The Outlaw
Brilliant comedy-drama with excellent acting from the cast and imaginative directing by Mr Hughes. There is a love (male) triangle, a magnificent beauty, and the best horse in the West to watch. The Music is constant except for the last scene. Sometimes it is like a Seinfeld episode with quirks as if it were a laugh track and other times it is classical and moving. Jane Russell is drop dead gorgeous. Jack Buetel is wonderfully funny. Walter Huston is so likeable as Doc, and Thomas Mitchell as the wiley and jealous Garrett makes comical and serious situations for the players. This makes my list.
Infamous western is really not very good with several obviously rear projection scenes really taking you out of the movie. Fictional story of Billy the Kid is troubled in many places perhaps the biggest is Buetel a blank faced black hole at the center of the film. Even the usually great Huston and Thomas Mitchell give weak hammy performances and Jane Russell while extremely lush and fresh had not yet learned how to act in front of the camera but does exude presence and charisma missing from the rest of the film. It's overlong to boot!
Magnifisent sizzling Western with one of the worlds most beautiful screen sirens ever to grace the limelight.
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