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The Return of Jesse James (1950)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 8 September 1950 (USA)
Frank James resents and tries to stop a ruthless drifter who has adopted the name of his dead brother in order to duplicate his crimes.

Director:

Arthur Hilton (as Arthur David Hilton)

Writers:

Jack Natteford (screenplay), Carl K. Hittleman (from an original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ireland ... Johnny Callum
Ann Dvorak ... Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger
Henry Hull ... Hank Younger
Reed Hadley ... Frank James
Hugh O'Brian ... Lem Younger
Clifton Young ... Bob Ford
Tommy Noonan ... Charlie Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Victor Kilian ... Westfield Sheriff Rigby
Margia Dean ... Marge
Sid Melton ... Saloon Waiter-Piano Player
Byron Foulger ... Rufe Dakin
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Elmer Galway
Peter Marshall ... George
Norman Leavitt ... Dr. Hallstrom
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Ann--Frank's Wife (as Barbara Woodell)
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Storyline

Johnny looks so much like the real Jesse, he is mistaken for him by a grizzled old member of the now deceased James gang. Johnny is talked into leading a new gang to rob banks using the same modus operandi as the famed outlaw. Jesse's brother Frank decides to put a stop to the defamation of his dead brother's name. Johnny and his gang run into trouble when they try to rob the same two banks, simultaneously, that proved to be the downfall of the original gang. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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THE MOST NOTORIOUS NAME IN OUTLAW HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the James Boys See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Bob Ford died in Colorado in 1892, not in Missouri in 1883, as this film states, and the real Charlie Ford committed suicide in 1886. See more »

Goofs

The Great Jesse James Raid took place in Northfield, not Westfield, Minnesota. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Morton: [to Galway and Dakin] I advise you to clean up your house, gentlemen, or a new broom will.
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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(uncredited)
aka " De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster (1850)
Played and sung by Sid Melton and Margia Dean in saloon scene.
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A must for western movie collectors!
17 March 2001 | by tqnqctmSee all my reviews

Exceptional acting highlights this sometimes dark, grim, western. John Ireland is at his best and carries the transformation from cowboy to criminal in an impressive manner. The characters are notably well developed for such a short running time. You may also take note of a fine, penetrating performance by Henry Hull and the death scene of a young Hugh O'Brien. If you remember the mood of "The Little Big Horn" and want it created in a different setting then this movie is a must for any collector.


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