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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 ...
Prosecutor
Ernest Whitman ...
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

Eleanor Stone: Tell me, is it more important for you to kill a man than to save an innocent one.
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Features Jesse James (1939) See more »

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Ring, Ring de Banjo
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by David Buttolph and Herbert W. Spencer
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Hunting "that dirty little coward who killed Mr. Howard"
25 December 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, time is the best judge of a film, and different from what happened to "Jesse James", which aged considerably, this sequel seems better than ever. Fritz Lang made two unconventional westerns, this one and "Rancho Notorious". In both films he did not follow the usual standards. The best moments here take place in court, where Frank is being judged, by a very partial jury, where even the judge was an ex confederate officer. Henry Hull gives quite a performance, whereas in "Jesse" he kept repeating himself. Gene Tierney is excellent as the young reporter who is almost a "fan" of Frank James. But the great actor here is Henry Fonda as Frank, unforgettable.


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