The Outlaw
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Perhaps Hollywood's greatest success du scandal of the 1940s, this odd psychological Western became a box office hit largely thanks to the costuming of leading lady Jane Russell (or, more accurately, its relative absence). Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel) and Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) are close friends until lawman Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell) attempts to ambush Billy and put him behind bars. Doc brings Billy to his ranch to hide out, but when Billy meets Doc's mistress Rio (Russell), he's instantly attracted to the buxom beauty. An intense chemistry quickly grows between them,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the weirdest westerns of all time, reflecting the eccentricities of its producer and credited director, Howard Hughes."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There are only two reasons why anyone was intrigued with this film...can you guess?"
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Howard Hughes' long-awaited celluloid interpretation of the life, love and legend of Billy the Kid approaches its chore of chronicling with more regard to historical authenticity than most of the countless predecessors of similar theme."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"By today's standards the film is naive and amateurish, but in 1943, it was one of the most scandalous features Hollywood has made due to Howard Hughes brilliant campaign to exploit Jane Russell's buxum."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film would be G-rated today, but at the time, that hint of skin was enough to send people scampering for a little water to put on their brow."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Stagey, not that well written, acted or directed (by Howard Hughes) western. More infamous than good."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Surprisingly, this minor, off-beat western didn't turn out that bad."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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