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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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EXACTLY AS FILMED (reissue print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 November 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlaw See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Once they'd found Jane Russell, Howard Hughes and his aircraft engineers designed a special cantilevered bra to enhance the appearance of her bust. She never wore it, but this movie was the reason the famous bra was designed. See more »

Goofs

When Guadalupe (the older woman) first appears in the shack where Rio is tending to Billy, she has two long plaited pig-tails. Things continue in real-time and after a few views of her with pig-tails, she suddenly appears after a cut with her hair up in a bun at the back. 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

The director's cut copyrighted February 15, 1941, had a running time of 123 minutes. After additional shooting from mid to end March, 1941, the producer submitted a re-edited version of circa 117 minutes for certification by the PCA, and was still denied it. In May 1941, the producer submitted a version with additional cuts (115 min), and was still denied certification. The PCA claimed that of 7 copies for distribution in San Francisco, California, in February 5, 1943, only copy #3 was in compliance with the cuts imposed by the PCA - which may mean that at least both versions (117 and 115 min) were theatrically shown at the limited premiere. Based on a letter by the PCA president, one may believe that the NYC September 15, 1947, re-issue with «objectionable material adequately altered» was a re-cut version running under 115 minutes. Meanwhile, the London, UK, premiere of November 29, 1946 of the «uncensored version» may have been the 117 min version. Various theatrical and VHS versions exist, accommodating different censorship and distributors' criteria, running anywhere from 95 to 105 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Opus 74, 'Pathétique'
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
First movement theme played during the opening credits
Variations also played throughout as the love theme between Billy and Rio
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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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