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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24 February 2005 | beau geste 38
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| How fast was Billy?
When I was 14 or 15, I sneaked into our local flea pit to watch this film. Billy the Kid was every kid's hero in those days. But the posters of Jane Russell was the main reason that I risked getting caught. She didn't let me down. Her first film, and it showed, but wow, she was a creature from another planet. I'd certainly seen nothing like her. Having been brought up on Johnny Mac Brown, the Durango kid, and the like, this film was, at the time, a revelation. My pals all wanted to know how fast Billy was. Did he shoot Doc Holliday? Did Pat Garrett shoot him in the back? All I wanted to do was describe Jane Russell.

I watched The Outlaw on TV this week, and was disappointed. Time had done it no favours. The background music, which I hadn't noticed the first time round, was truly dreadful (Tchaikovsky was it? mixed with cartoon type sounds) I still found myself admiring Russell, who for most red blooded males of my age has been a great inspiration. Like Shane, and others, I think this was a film of its time, and probably doesn't deserve to be judged by this generation, who are seeing it for the first time.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jane Russell got the role after a nationwide search by Howard Hughes for a busty actress.


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 ...


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

A new version exists, restored from 35mm prints and not rated, in b&w DVD, colorized DVD, and video download. June 16, 2009, the distributor announced it as «complete, uncensored 117 minute version» which is true as far as one may deem that Howard Hughes came to accept his «second cut» of March 31, 1941 (117 min) - forced by PCA's censorship - as his own.


Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(1850) (uncredited)
("De Camptown Races")
Music by
Stephen Foster
Played on piano offscreen in the saloon

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Western

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