The Outlaw (1943)

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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.


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16 November 2003 | michaelRokeefe
5
| Lust in the dust.
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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Trivia

Arthur Loft is credited as "Swanson" in studio records, but that role was played by Edward Peil Sr., and Loft was not seen in the movie. Modern sources also list the following actors (with their character names) as cast members: Nina Quartero (Chita), Frank Darien (Shorty), Carl Stockdale (Minister), Ed Brady (Deputy), Dick Elliott (Salesman) and John Sheehan (Salesman). None of these actors were identifiable in the movie, but may have been in sequences which were cut. Some of these characters may have been in a coach, which is seen coming to town in extreme long-shot.


Quotes

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...


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.


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.


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.


Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64
(1888) (uncredited
Music by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Second movement in the score during the cuckoo clock episode

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Western

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