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The Outlaw (1943)


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Added by Donald Rock in Action Drama 1940s


Once good friends, Pat Garrett and Doc Holliday become distant when Doc decides to befriend Billy the Kid. Jane Russell comes into play as Doc’s girlfriend, Rio, but she too decides to befriend Billy. It’s an odd scenario that is as historically inaccurate as one can get while turning friend against friend for dramatic effect.

  • Stars: Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell, and Walter Huston.
  • Originally released through United Artists c1941.
  • Directed by Howard Hughes.
  • Screenplay by Jules Furthman.
  • Music director: Victor Young.
  • Photographer: Gregg Toland.
  • Film editor: Wallace Grissel.
  • Original copyright: Hughes Productions; Feb. 15, 1941.

The Outlaw has a formal copyright record in the US Copyright Catalog for Motion Pictures for the year 1941. Apparently, there were some issues with the movie's release that pushed the release date out to 1943; although the original copyright date stood at 1941. The reason for The Outlaw being public domain is that the copyright was never formally renewed per the law at the time. A renewed copyright date of neither 1969 nor 1971 can be found in US Copyright catalogs online. and both have pages confirming the movie's public domain status stating owners failed to renew its copyright.

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