Cinema: Mock Heroics


Directed by Richard T. Heffron

Screenplay by B. W. L. Norton

In spirit, Outlaw Blues is like a lot of country music. It is a mock-heroic ballad, loose and unpretentious in form, good-natured, yet somehow not quite so memorable as it might have been.

It is the story of Bobby, a jailbird composer (Peter Fonda), whose best song is stolen and recorded by a country-and-western star who hears the piece when he drops in on the pen to cut a concert record (as many such singers do) in an authentic environment. Paroled, Fonda sets out to claim credit and royalties for his creation,...

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