The Outlaw – 1943 American Western

"The Outlaw," released in 1943, is an American Western film directed by Howard Hughes and features actors Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell, and Walter Huston. After Ike uses a fragment of the motion picture when Ambassador Michael Owen talks about the military convoy and Hangtown - Purcellville, in California.

Hughes initiated legal action against Classic Film Museum, Inc. and Alan J. Taylor for distributing Hell's Angels, Scarface, and The Outlaw without authorization.

However, it was later discovered that The Outlaw had become public domain in 1969 due to a missed copyright renewal. Consequently, the dispute was resolved with the Classic Film Museum committing to halt the distribution of the two copyrighted films, and Hughes retracting his claim regarding The Outlaw.

Not only did Hughes direct, but he also produced the film, with Howard Hawks contributing as an uncredited co-director. Jane Russell's performance in this film marked her ascent to becoming a Hollywood sensation and symbol of allure. Subsequent promotions highlighted Russell as the primary star. This movie stands out as a pioneering representation of a psychological Western.

Sources: David Pierce, Film History: An International Journal, Indiana University Press, Volume 19, Number 2, 2007 pp. 125-143 , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outlaw


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