The Outlaw (1943)
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Critic Reviews for The Outlaw
One of the weirdest westerns of all time, reflecting the eccentricities of its producer and credited director, Howard Hughes.
It is safe to Outlaw hadn't had the reams publicity due to the censorship fight over certain scenes, it would have passed practically unnoticed.
The leads are all capable but none of them seem to be acting in the same movie, as if Hughes couldn't decide what movie he really wanted to make.
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.
Stagey, not that well written, acted or directed (by Howard Hughes) western. More infamous than good.
Audience Reviews for The Outlaw
There's Billy the Kid in this story. Doc Holiday's in it too. Think they'll duke it out or maybe a lowdown showdown shootout between two infamous fast guns? That anticipation is the given reason for you hanging around, the justification. But the show is really about Russell's, umm, well, perhaps I've already said it. Howard Hughes does a okay Western, but first let's get 'em in the seats, yah, and that's up to Russell. I don't think ol'Howard was all that crazy.
Infamous western is really not very good with several obviously rear projection scenes really taking you out of the movie. Fictional story of Billy the Kid is troubled in many places perhaps the biggest is Buetel a blank faced black hole at the center of the film. Even the usually great Huston and Thomas Mitchell give weak hammy performances and Jane Russell while extremely lush and fresh had not yet learned how to act in front of the camera but does exude presence and charisma missing from the rest of the film. It's overlong to boot!
Magnifisent sizzling Western with one of the worlds most beautiful screen sirens ever to grace the limelight.
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