The Outlaw

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The Outlaw is a 1943 American western film, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jane Russell. The supporting cast includes Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, and Walter Huston. Hughes also produced the film, while Howard Hawks served as an uncredited co-director. The film is notable as Russell's breakthrough role, largely due to the costuming, turning the young actress into a sex symbol and a Hollywood icon.


The film revolves around a fictional relationship between Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) and Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel), and their feud over a woman named Rio McDonald (Jane Russell). The film also includes Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell), the Kid's nemesis.



Although the movie was completed in February 1941, it received only a limited release two years later, and did not get a general release until 23 April 1946, when United Artists premiered the film in San Francisco. The delay was a result of Hughes defying the Production Code, which set the standard of morally acceptable content in motion pictures. By showcasing Russell's breasts in both the movie and the poster artwork, The Outlaw became very controversial.

In 1941, while filming The Outlaw, Hughes felt that the camera did not do justice to Jane Russell's large bust. He employed his engineering skills to design a new...
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