Cinema: Hughes's Western

All advance signs indicated that The Outlaw would be either the best or the worst picture of the year. Its making cost $2,500,000. Its two young stars, full-breasted Jane Russell and slim Jack Buetel, had been ballyhooed to magazine cover fame for two years—and yet the U.S. had never seen them on the screen. Howard Hughes, the eccentric designer-aviator-producer, personally directed the picture and surrounded it with such provoking secrecy that not even the actors in it were allowed to see the finished product. Last fortnight The Outlaw had its premiere. What...

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