The Outlaw is a strange one.
Although directed by Howard Hughes, it began with Howard Hawks at the helm, before he left to direct Sergeant York.
While the film was actually produced in 1941, it did not have an opening until February 1943, before getting itself veritably bitch-slapped by the censorship community, apparently shocked to find that its star, Jane Russel, had breasts.
It closed, after being cut from 123 to the now-current 115 minute version, and finally re-opened in 1946 to multiple lawsuits, and continued in a roadshow version. It finally opened in New York, that hotbed of conservatism, in the fall of 1947.
An odd, and interesting film, that never worked for me personally.
Nicely photographed by Gregg Toland, and with Walter Huston, giving us a reprise of the smile as seen when he plays the devil…
Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray is a quality affair, licensed via Lobster, which has me wonderful what a release from Universal, which own the rights to the film, could look like.
Image – 4
Audio – 4
Pass / Fail – Pass