MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,645 this week

The Return of Frank James (1940)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,656 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 19 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 21 Aug 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 09 Sep 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 28 Nov 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Return of Frank James (1940)

The Return of Frank James (1940) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Return of Frank James.

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Eleanor Stone
...
Clem
...
...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
...
Eddie Collins ...
Station Agent
George Barbier ...
Judge
Russell Hicks ...
Prosecutor
Ernest Whitman ...
Charles Tannen ...
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Randolph Stone
Victor Kilian ...
Preacher
Edward McWade ...
Colonel Jackson
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | History | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of Frank James  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The studio bought the rights to the James Brothers but changed the facts for entertainment. Although Frank surrendered 6 months after Jesse James' murder, both Ford brothers were already dead and Frank had nothing to do with their deaths. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: Prepare for the vengeance of the Lord! The day of reckoning is mighty close and you'll catch a heapin' fire if you don't get to repentin' and get to it quick! Hellfire is awaitin' ya. Are you ready to meet your Maker?
Frank James: I reckon so.
Preacher: You willing to stand before the judgmency with a chaw of tobacco in your mouth? Lost souls, that's what you are! Black as sin! Black with iniquity! The light of the Lord ain't in any of ya! Do you ever think of salvation? Do you ever think of the kingdom? No! All you ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring, Ring de Banjo
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by David Buttolph and Herbert W. Spencer
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Demanded Sequel
1 September 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Jesse James came out in 1939, the player that got the best reviews for that film was Henry Fonda who played the laconic older brother Frank. His reviews were so outstanding that it was almost a public demand that a sequel be done.

It almost didn't get done because instead of Henry King who directed Jesse James, Darryl F. Zanuck assigned Fritz Lang. Henry Fonda hated the man, he was a sadistic bully on the set and even though he directed Fonda to a great performance in You Only Live Once, Fonda hated every second on that set.

Fonda tells in his autobiography that he and Lang sat down prior to shooting and Lang agreed to tone his behavior down. But the same thing happened as on You Only Live Once. And Fonda dutifully finished the film.

Though he hated the experience Fonda was on the mark again as Frank James. What The Return of Frank James lacks in truth it makes up for in capturing the spirit of the times in the post Civil border state of Missouri and why the James Brothers were regarded as heroes by some.

In addition to Fonda, John Carradine, Charles Tannen, Ernest Whitman, Donald Meek, Henry Hull, George Chandler and J. Edward Bromberg repeat their roles from Jesse James so continuity is assured. Bromberg as the railroad detective who basically plans an assassination for Jesse James in that film and tries again to Fonda in this film particularly stands out.

So does Henry Hull as the newspaper editor/lawyer who was a very colorful character in both films, dictating the same editorial at whatever group or individual he doesn't like at the moment. His patented formula is to "shoot 'em down like dogs."

If you liked Jesse James and I think more than western fans liked that film, no reason you shouldn't like The Return of Frank James.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Frank doesn't actually kill the Fords richardsixone
Gene Tierney blooper cyndy-salins
The Retun of Frank James craw2002
Original Movie posters and stills saskatchewanman
Continuity Blooper leroykevin
Jackie Cooper's dying scene. GrayscaleFreak
Discuss The Return of Frank James (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?