Although completed in 1948, this movie took nearly four years to be released. Howard Hughes had Russell under a personal contract and lent her to Fidelity Pictures, which had been meaning to release MONTANA BELLE through Republic. After Hughes saw it, he decided he wanted the movie to go
through RKO. He shouldn't have wasted his time or his money on this minor effort. Russell is Belle Starr, the bandit. She throws in her lot with the notorious Dalton gang, helmed by Brady and Teal, then has a falling out and takes off with Lambert and Tucker on a robbing spree. She meets Brent, a
saloonkeeper, and plans to take him for his cash savings. They have a brief fling, and...