The Outlaw

Jack Buetel as Billy the Kid and Jane Russell as Rio made their film debuts in The Outlaw (1943), directed by Howard Hughes after Howard Hawks left after a week or two to direct Sergeant York.  There’s no telling what the finished product would have been like if Hawks completed the film.  As it stands, there are only a couple of memorable scenes with Jane in an otherwise mediocre western.

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Screen newcomers Jane Russell and Jack Buetel get married in a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).

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JaJane Russell in an autographed publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).

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Fresh faces Jane Russell and Jack Buetel in a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).

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Jane Russell in a provocative newspaper article promoting her film debut in The Outlaw (1943).  It didn’t see a widespread release until 1946.

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Jane Russell out of costume in an original publicity still for The Outlaw (1943)

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Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday in a 1950 re-release publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).

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Jack Buetel on the bed as Walter Huston and Jane Russell stand over him in The Outlaw (1943).

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Fresh faces Jane Russell and Jack Buetel smile for a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).

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Billy the Kid and Rio in a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).

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Jack Buetel out of character as Billy the Kid in a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).  All the publicity and controversy over his film debut didn’t lead to much of a career, as all the publicity was focused on his co-star Jane Russell.

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I don’t recall Jane Russell holding a baby in any scene from The Outlaw (1943).  She’s not in costume, so maybe it’s another attempt to mute her sex appeal.

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Howard Hawks worked only briefly on The Outlaw (1943).  He left the project in order to direct Sergeant York (1941) which turned out to be his only Oscar nomination.  It’s doubtful that anything Hawks filmed is in Howard Hughes’ final version.

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Jack Buetel was signed to a long term contract with Howard Hughes for his film debut in The Outlaw (1943), but Hughes did not put him back on the screen for seven years.  Jack then found work mostly on tv, and retired in 1961.

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Rio has the upper hand over Billy the Kid as he recuperates in his sick bed in a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).