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The Return of Frank James (1940)

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Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

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Eleanor Stone
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Clem
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J. Edward Bromberg ...
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Eddie Collins ...
Station Agent
George Barbier ...
Judge
Russell Hicks ...
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Charles Tannen ...
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Randolph Stone
Victor Kilian ...
Preacher
Edward McWade ...
Colonel Jackson
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Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, has been laying low, living as a farmer and taking care of Clem, the son of one of the members of the James gang. He gets word that Jesse was killed by Bob and Charlie Ford, he hoped that the law would deal with them but when he learns that the railroad man whom he and Jesse terrorized contracted them to kill Jesse and helped them get off, he goes after them. Clem whom he told to remain on the farm goes with him and when it's impossible for him to do so, Frank has no choice to let him tag along. Now in order to cover their tracks they start telling people that Frank James is dead and that they saw it. Eleanor Stone, a female reporter, who wants to write about it interviews them and they are both taken with each other. But eventually she learns who Frank is from the Pinkerton detective who is tracking them but doesn't turn them in. But eventually Frank learns that his farm hand, Pinky has been arrested as his accomplice and is about to be hung. ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | History | Western

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16 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Le retour de Frank James  »

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The original treatment had Frank romantically interested in the reporter played by Gene Tierney, but the studio became fearful of a possible lawsuit by Frank's widow and/or son, so it was eliminated from the script. See more »

Quotes

Clem, aka Tom Grayson: There ain't no right for us poor people than the end of a gun.
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Features Jesse James (1939) See more »

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Ring, Ring de Banjo
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Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by David Buttolph and Herbert W. Spencer
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A good western by the great Fritz Lang
29 May 2000 | by (Padova, Italy) – See all my reviews

"The Return of Frank James" has a nice script, beautiful costumes, an accurate photography in gorgeous technicolor. Perhaps a further pair of gun-fights would be desirable: gun-fights in a western movie are like salt in the food. The film has a peculiar interest for cinephiles, since here the great director Fritz Lang confronts himself with the western genre for the first time. I think he makes a good job, even if does not seem completely at his home. Moreover we have the usual Henry Fonda's charisma and... OK... the main reason why I am interested in the movie is the presence of Gene Tierney at the very beginning of her career. I must confess that here her legendary beauty is still a bit unripe... let's say that Venus has just come out of the shell. No fear: within one year or two our eyes will rest on the highest beauty in movie history (in history at all, I dare say).


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