|Jack Buetel and Jane Russell The Outlaw : still hand signed by Jayne Russell (from my own collection)|
Jack Buetel was chosen to star opposite Jane Russell in her first film, The Outlaw, it was rumoured, because he looked like a male version of her. Then the film after much fanfare, was delayed and not released for a few years because of censorship. Jack Buetel was under contract to Howard Hughes, and was not allowed to make another film for about a decade, because Hughes wouldn't let him. So his career was virtually ruined, but he did do a few films later. He is best remembered for this film. He would never say why Hughes treated him so poorly. The Outlaw was completed in February 1941. The studio demanded cuts because of the footage of Miss Russell's ample bosom. Hughes had designed an uplifting bra for Miss Russell to wear, but it was so uncomfortable, she padded her own, and wore that without telling him. The film was finally previewed in 1943 for one week but was closed because it violated the production code. Hughes drummed up publicity to have the film banned by women's and church groups, hoping to get some interest from the studio. The publicity had the desired effect, and the film was finally released in April 1946, 5 years after it had been made. It became an instant hit.