The Outlaw Overview:

The Outlaw (1943) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Howard Hawks and Howard Hughes and produced by Howard Hughes.

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An odd amalgam of sublime potential and fascinatingly silly result, this is now remembered mostly for one of the most famous ballyhoo campaigns ever executed for a movie. Huston and Mitchell were capable of delivering memorable performances, Toland was Orson Welles's preferred cinematographer, and Hawks a more than competent director. Unfortunately, they were no match for mogul Hughes's obsession with busty new starlet Russell and a pulpy, virtually fact-free storyline having something to do with Billy the Kid. Release was delayed for years as Hughes plastered the countryside with posters featuring a sultry Russell as he built a story of censorship and licentiousness that successfully reeled in the suckers.

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By Judy on Nov 17, 2018 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

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[Pat and Doc rescue Rio, whom Billy has left bound, gagged and strung up by wrists within sight of a desert waterhole]
Doc Holliday: You know, I think he's in love with you.
Rio: What are you talking about?
Doc Holliday: The crazier a man is for a woman, the crazier he thinks and the crazier he acts.
Rio: He's only crazy about one thing - himself.
Pat Garrett: Hey, that gives me a thought. Maybe we'll get Mr. Billy after all.
Rio: How?
Pat Garrett: Like you said - if he's crazy enought to do you like this, maybe he's crazy enough to come back to turn you loose.


[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!


Doc Holliday: I need a little money and I thought maybe you'd like to come in with me.
[Pat laughs]
Doc Holliday: What's the matter?
Pat Garrett: I'll let you have the money, but if the deal's anything like that last one of yours, you better not tell me about it.
Doc Holliday: Why not?
[Pat pulls back his vest and reveals his Sheriff's badge]
Doc Holliday: Where'd you get that?
Pat Garrett: Oh, they stuck it on me about two weeks ago.
Doc Holliday: You're the last man I thought would be so easily satisfied.
Pat Garrett: Well, l... l... , a man's gotta settle down sometime.


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Facts about

Howard Hawks wanted Albert R. Broccoli to work as an assistant director on the film, but when Howard Hughes heard it he said: "I can't give a good friend a job, the studio will be very upset with me!" But Hawks replied: "I want Cubby!" (Albert R "Cubby" Broccoli, who later became famous for the 'James Bond' films).
Although the film was finished and copyrighted in February 1941, it was not shown theatrically for another 2 years, mostly because of censorship problems which required cuts and revisions. By May 1941, the PCA agreed to approve the film, but Howard Hughes found that many state censor boards wanted a lot more cuts that he was not willing to make, so he shelved the film until 5 February 1943, when it was finally shown theatrically in San Francisco in the 115-minute version that we essentially see today. It caused quite a sensation, especially since Jane Russell and Jack Buetel performed a 20-minute scene that was cut from the film after each showing. More hassles about its possible release in New York caused Hughes to shelve the picture once again.
In his book "Hollywood", Garson Kanin wrote that one day in New York, he and George S. Kaufman were walking down Broadway and counted five billboards with an alluring picture of Jane Russell advertising this film, prompting Kaufman to remark: "They ought to call it 'A Sale of Two Titties'".
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