Howard Hughes Produced and Directed this Movie! And is is very good. VERT GOOD! Accurate by historical Standards? No, but it’s got Doc Holiday, Billy the Kid, and Sheriff Pat Garrett in it and all three pull out their Guns a blazing. It’s crazy and fun and exciting to Watch. You’ll enjoy it. So Pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!
Sheriff Pat Garrett welcomes his old friend Doc Holliday to Lincoln, New Mexico. Doc is looking for his stolen horse and finds it held by Billy the Kid. Despite this, the two gunfighters take a liking to each other, much to Garrett’s disgust. Doc still tries to steal his horse back late that night, but Billy is waiting for him outside the barn.
After that, Billy decides to sleep in the barn, and shots are fired at him. He overpowers his ambusher, who turns out to be Rio McDonald, Doc’s love-interest. She is out to avenge her dead brother. It is implied that the Kid rapes Rio after ripping off her dress.
The next day, a stranger offers to shoot Garrett in the back while the Kid distracts the lawman. But, he is only setting the Kid up. Billy, suspicious as always, guns the stranger down just before being shot himself. There are no witnesses, and Garrett tries to arrest Billy. Garrett does not understand when Doc sides with the Kid. As the pair start to leave, Garrett shoots Billy. Doc in response shoots the gun out of his hand and also shoots and kills two of Garrett’s men.
Doc flees with Billy to the home of Rio and her aunt, Guadalupe. With a posse after them, Doc rides away. Instead of killing the unconscious Kid, Rio instead nurses him to health over the next month. By the time Doc returns, Rio has fallen in love with her patient. Doc is furious that Billy has stolen his girlfriend. After Doc’s anger subsides a bit, the Kid gives him a choice: the horse or Rio. To Billy’s annoyance, Doc picks the horse. Angered that both men value the animal more than her, Rio fills their canteens with sand. The two ride off without noticing.
On the trail, they are pursued by Garrett and a posse. The pair surmise that Rio tipped the sheriff off. Doc kills a few men from long range, but leaves Garrett unharmed.
When Doc wakes one morning, he finds Billy gone and Garrett waiting to handcuff him and take him back to town. Stopping at Rio’s, the two men find that Billy has left Rio tied up in sight of water in revenge. Suspecting that Billy loves Rio (even if he doesn’t realize it) and will return to free her, Garrett waits. When the Kid returns, he is captured.
On the way back to town, they are surrounded by hostile Mescaleros. Garrett reluctantly frees his prisoners and returns their revolvers, after extracting a promise from Doc that he will give them back and make Billy do the same. They manage to elude the Indians, but Doc refuses to honor his word.
As Doc tries to leave with his horse, Billy stops him. The two men decide to have a duel, which Garrett expects Billy to lose. However, as they await the signal (the end of a clock signalling eight o’clock), Billy realizes that Doc is a true friend, and moves his hands away from his guns. Doc tries to provoke him, inflicting minor wounds in one hand and both ears, but the Kid still will not fire. The two reconcile. Furious, Garrett calls Doc out, despite not having a chance. Doc makes no attempt to shoot his friend and is fatally wounded. Garrett is aghast.
After Doc is buried, Garrett offers to give Billy their friend’s revolvers. He also persuades Billy to give him his guns, saying that he can claim that it is Billy in the grave. The Kid can leave his past behind him and have a fresh start in life. But, it is a trick. Garrett had removed the firing pins from Doc’s revolvers. While comparing the guns, he inadvertently switched one of Doc’s for his, so neither of the men’s guns fires. Billy pulls out a second, working gun. He handcuffs Garrett, judging that the lawman will say that Billy is dead rather than admit the Kid left him helpless. As he is riding away, Billy stops and looks back; Rio joins him on his horse.
The Outlaw is a 1943 American Western film, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, 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, and she became regarded as a sex symbol and a Hollywood icon. Later advertising billed Russell as the sole star.
|Directed by||Howard Hughes|
|Written by||Jules Furthman|
|Produced by||Howard Hughes|
|Edited by||Wallace Grissell|
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Howard Hughes Productions|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release date||February 5, 1943 (United States)April 23, 1946 (Re-release)|
|Running time||116 minutes|
|Box office||$5,075,000 (est. US/Canada rentals)|