The Outlaw (1943)




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This off-beat western is best remembered for the scandal surrounding its release, most of it having to do with the supposedly erotic scenes involving Jane Russell who plays the busty siren who steals the heart of Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel). The highly fictionalized story centers on the rivalrous, tentative friendships between the Kid, Doc Holiday (Walter Huston) and Pat Garrett (Mitchell Thomas). Many of the most racy scenes were cut out to appease the censors, therefore different versions are available with the original 117 minute cut being the most difficult to find.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Western , Romance
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Jack Buetel
as Billy the Kid
Jack Beutel
as Billy the Kid
Walter Huston
as Doc Holliday
Thomas Mitchell
as Pat Garrett
Mimi Aguglia
as Guadalupe
Joe Sawyer
as Charley
Gene Rizzi
as Stranger
Frank Darien
as Shorty
Pat West
as Bartender
Carl Stockdale
as Minister
Ethan Laidlaw
as Deputy
Ed Brady
as Deputy
Wallace Reid Jr.
as Bystander
Lee "Lasses" White
as Coach Driver
Ted Mapes
as Guard
William Newell
as Drunk Cowboy
Cecil Kellogg
as Officer
Lee Shumway
as Dealer
Arthur Loft
as Salesman
Dick Elliott
as Salesman
John Sheehan
as Salesman
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Critic Reviews for The Outlaw

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

One of the weirdest westerns of all time, reflecting the eccentricities of its producer and credited director, Howard Hughes.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2011

Stagey, not that well written, acted or directed (by Howard Hughes) western. More infamous than good.

March 2, 2008

There are only two reasons why anyone was intrigued with this film...can you guess?

October 31, 2006
Film Threat

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.

January 27, 2005

Surprisingly, this minor, off-beat western didn't turn out that bad.

Full Review… | February 3, 2004
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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.

william barkley
william barkley

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!

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Magnifisent sizzling Western with one of the worlds most beautiful screen sirens ever to grace the limelight.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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