The Outlaw

The Outlaw

Streaming Video - 1943
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This infamous western adventure is loosely based on the story of Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell) and Billy The Kid (Jack Beutel). The Outlaw became one of the most controversial films of the 40s, originally banned for several years because of its explicit content; it was eventually released with extensive cuts to meet censorship requirements. Howard Hughes capitalized on the ban, together with provocative images of 19-year-old Jane Russell, to very successfully achieve record audiences almost everywhere it was finally screened.
Publisher: [United States] : Syndicado : Made available through hoopla, 1943
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 111 min.)) : sd., col

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 09, 2015

More interesting from a film history aspect, than the film itself, a 1941 western (released in 1943) introducing big girl Jane Russell.

I did watch the colorized version - and the quality was quite good.

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ManMachine
Jun 10, 2015

When it comes to 1943's "The Outlaw" (produced and directed by Howard Hughes) - Would it be at all fair of me to say that (from a straight man's perspective) this film's only truly notable asset was, indeed, Jane Russell's "38D-24-36" measurements, and not her acting abilities?

Yep. As shallow and sexist as that may sound, it's pretty much the truth. 'Cause as far as even coming close to being a marginally satisfying Western, "The Outlaw" just did not deliver the goods (regardless that its main character was the famed outlaw, Billy, the Kid).

I mean, let's face it - "The Outlaw" was (and always will be) all about Jane's breasts. And, believe me, director Howard Hughes sure made damn certain that her cleavage-enhancing blouses revealed as much of her bountiful bosom as the censors would legally allow.

Actually filmed in 1941, it took Hughes 2 solid years of battling with the censor board to allow "The Outlaw" to be released as it was (which was unbelievably tame by today's standards).

As you can well-imagine, all of this legal wrangling with the censors over Jane's exposed cleavage did absolute wonders for this film as far as free publicity goes. Needless to say - When "The Outlaw" was finally released in 1943, the insatiably curious movie-goers literally lined up right around the block to get a cinematic-gander at Russell's more-than-ample boobs.

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Monolith
May 23, 2012

Well, this corny and controversial Howard Hughes film is definitely one of the wimpiest Westerns I've ever seen. Billy The Kid steals Doc Holliday's horse, and they become 'pardners' with an "Aw shucks." The Kid kills Rio McDonald's brother and she ends up 'marrying' (cute) him. I thought Holliday and The Kid were gonna ride off in the sunset together holding hands, for crying out loud. Although the movie was completed in 1941, Hughes had considerable trouble getting it approved by the Hollywood Production Code Administration due to its heavy emphasis on and prominent display of 19 year old Jane Russell's, ahem, assets, (rrRROWRR!), and it wasn't widely released until '46. Hughes went to great lengths to enhance her bosom - he even employed his engineering skills to create an underwire bra with steel rods, in order to expose more of it. She denied wearing it in the movie in her autobiography, unbeknownst to Hughes. It's apparently ended up in a Hollywood museum.

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Monolith
May 23, 2012

Doc Holliday (on women, to Billy The Kid): "They're all alike... There isn't anything they wouldn't do for ya... or to ya..."

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Monolith
May 23, 2012

Billy The Kid (at Doc Holliday's funeral): "I think we oughta say something over Doc." Pat Garrett: "You'd better do it." (they take their hats off) Billy The Kid: "...So long, Doc."

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