Classic Westerns

The Outlaw (1943)

Director: Howard Hughes
Actors: Jane Russell, Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston
Runtime: 87 min.

The Outlaw is Howard Hughes' fabled film about Billy the Kid (Jake Buetel) and Doc Holliday (Walter Huston), their competition for the attention of a woman named Rio (Jane Russell), and the pursuit of Billy by sheriff Pat Garrett.

Trivia: The film was considered scandalous for its time, as Howard Hughes designed a special cantilevered bra for Jane Russell to wear so that her bosom would appear more bountiful. The focus on Jane Russell's bust as well as its prominent display on the film posters resulted in the film being banned by censors when it was first completed in 1941. It later saw a limited release in 1943 after some of the offending footage was edited out. Russell went on to become a Hollywood star and was featured in films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (with Marilyn Monroe), directed by Howard Hawks, who was an uncredited co-director of this movie. The making of the film was also featured in a sequence in the film, The Aviator.