“The Outlaw” is a Western film released in 1943, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, and Walter Huston. The movie follows the story of Billy the Kid and his relationship with Doc Holliday and Pat Garrett.
The film begins with Billy the Kid (Buetel) on the run from the law after escaping from jail. He meets up with Doc Holliday (Huston) and they become fast friends. Together, they plan a robbery to get money to help Billy’s friend, the beautiful Rio (Russell), who is being held captive by a wealthy landowner.
As the story progresses, Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell), a former friend of Billy’s, becomes the sheriff and is tasked with bringing Billy to justice. The tension between the two men grows as Billy continues to evade the law and Garrett becomes more determined to catch him.
Throughout the movie, there are several steamy scenes between Billy and Rio, which caused controversy due to the suggestive nature of the scenes. The film was even banned in some parts of the United States for its racy content.
In the end, Billy is captured by Garrett and sentenced to death, but not before Rio helps him escape. The film ends with Billy and Rio riding off into the sunset together, while Doc Holliday remains behind, nursing his tuberculosis.
“The Outlaw” is remembered for its bold portrayal of sex and violence, as well as for the stunning debut of Jane Russell, whose sultry performance made her an overnight sensation. Despite mixed reviews upon its release, the film has since become a cult classic in the Western genre.
Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks
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Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell