Shabby, contrived, cornball western, but a marvelous curiosity. The movie as such is forgettable, but Howard Hughes's cynically brilliant commodification of Jane Russell's bosom was a triumph of Hollywood marketing and a harbinger of things to come. THE OUTLAW is a very loose retelling of
the legend of Billy The Kid (Jack Beutel), with Walter Huston as Doc Holliday and Thomas Mitchell as lawman Pat Garrett. When the devastating Rio (Russell) enters the picture, old friends Billy and Doc are soon at each other's throats.
Hughes hired Howard Hawks to direct, nagged him to distraction, then took over the reins himself, presiding over the set with a demented attent...