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The Outlaw (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 November 1946 (Mexico)
Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

Directors:

Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks (uncredited)

Writer:

Jules Furthman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Buetel ... Billy the Kid (as Jack Beutel)
Jane Russell ... Rio McDonald
Thomas Mitchell ... Pat Garrett
Walter Huston ... Doc Holliday
Mimi Aguglia ... Guadalupe
Joe Sawyer ... Charley Woodruff
Gene Rizzi ... Stranger who draws on The Kid
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Storyline

Newly appointed sheriff Pat Garrett is pleased when his old friend Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico on the stage. Doc is trailing his stolen horse, and it is discovered in the possession of Billy the Kid. In a surprising turnaround, Billy and Doc become friends. This causes the friendship between Doc and Pat to cool. The odd relationship between Doc and Billy grows stranger when Doc hides Billy at his girl, Rio's, place after Billy is shot. She falls for Billy, although he treats her very badly. Interaction between these four is played out against an Indian attack before a final showdown reduces the group's number. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 November 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlaw See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first American film that defied the "Production Code" of the Hays Office, which dictated what could and could not be shown on screen. See more »

Goofs

The grave marker at the end of the film gives July 13th as the date Billy was killed. In fact he died on 14th July. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Townsman: Doc Holliday just got off the stagecoach! Do you want me and some of the boys to come along with you?
Pat Garrett: Why do ask that?
Townsman: Well, I certainly wouldn't want to fool around with him if I were alone.
Pat Garrett: I don't blame you, but I ain't gonna make no trouble for Doc Holliday. He's my best friend!
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Crazy Credits

Prologue: "The Outlaw" is a story of the untamed West.

Frontier days when the reckless fire of guns and passions blazed an era of death, destruction, and lawlessness.

Days when the fiery desert sun beat down avengingly on the many who dared defy justice and outrage decency. See more »

Alternate Versions

A new version exists, restored from 35mm prints and not rated, in b&w DVD, colorized DVD, and video download. June 16, 2009, the distributor announced it as «complete, uncensored 117 minute version» which is true as far as one may deem that Howard Hughes came to accept his «second cut» of March 31, 1941 (117 min) - forced by PCA's censorship - as his own. See more »

Connections

Version of Repertory Theatre: The Death of Billy the Kid (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(1850) (uncredited)
("De Camptown Races")
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on piano offscreen in the saloon
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The worst musical score of all time
14 December 2000 | by NoahVeilSee all my reviews

I just saw this for the first time and I feel it's important to point out how absolutely hideous the music is. It underlines every emotion, is completely obtrusive, and it never stops. The most annoying thing about it is the trombone that goes "waa waa waa" every time something happens that's supposed to be funny. It's the musical equivalent of a laugh track and completely inappropriate and unnecessary, ruining a film that's pretty embarrassing in the first place.


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