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Release Date:
2 August 1947 (USA) See more »
JESSE JAMES...The dreaded name that haunts a thousand lawmen...NOW...strikes terror in the hearts of the lawless! (original poster)
Outlaw Jesse James and his friend, on the run from Missouri, ride into a town where a gang is trying... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clayton Moore ... Jesse James

Linda Stirling ... Ann Bolton

Roy Barcroft ... Frank Lawton
John Compton ... Steve Long

Tristram Coffin ... James Clark

Tom London ... Sam Bolton
Mike Ragan ... Tim (as Holly Bane)

Edmund Cobb ... Wilkie
Gene Roth ... Sheriff Duffie [Chs. 8-9, 13] (as Gene Stutenroth)

Fred Graham ... Henchman Hawks [Chs. 6-8]

LeRoy Mason ... Mr. Finlay [Chs. 11-12]

Ed Cassidy ... Grant [Chs. 11-12] (as Edward Cassidy)
Dave Anderson ... Sam [Ch. 1]
Eddie Parker ... Captain Flint [Chs. 1, 9]

Tom Steele ... Goff [Ch 1]
Dale Van Sickel ... Brock [Ch 1]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Clem (uncredited)
Emile Avery ... Barfly (uncredited)
George Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Blair ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton ... Sheriff Mark Tobin (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Gus Simmons (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... Barfly (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Roy (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Barfly (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Bank Robber (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bert Dillard ... Smoke-Bomb Thrower (uncredited)
Watson Downs ... Farmer (uncredited)
Helen Griffith ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Cave Henchman / 2nd Joe - Well Worker (uncredited)

Charles King ... Camp Henchman (uncredited)

Bert LeBaron ... 2nd Hooded Raider (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Henchman at Nelson's (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... 1st Drunk (uncredited)
Gary MacGregor ... Doyle (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... 1st Ambusher / Brush-Fire Henchman (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Henchman (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Farmer (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Doty (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Barn Henchman (uncredited)
Pascale Perry ... Raider (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bank Robber (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Reardon ... Walden (uncredited)
Keith Richards ... Phony Drunk (uncredited)
Loren Riebe ... Riverboat Henchman (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Lafe (uncredited)
Frosty Royce ... Farmer (uncredited)
Carl Sepulveda ... Mort (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Dock Agent Hammond (uncredited)
Don Summers ... Barfly (uncredited)
Duke Taylor ... Gil (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... 2nd Riverboat Engineer-Thug (uncredited)
Tex Terry ... Phony Messenger (uncredited)
Nellie Walker ... Rose (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Riverboat Engineer-Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Brannon 
Thomas Carr 
Writing credits
Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) and
Basil Dickey (original screenplay) and
Jesse Duffy (original screenplay) and
Sol Shor (original screenplay)

Produced by
M.J. Frankovich .... associate producer (as Mike Frankovich)
Original Music by
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John MacBurnie (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cliff Bell Sr.  (as Cliff Bell)
Sam Starr 
Art Direction by
Fred A. Ritter  (as Fred Ritter)
Russell Kimball (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
James Redd 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Peggy Gray .... hair styles supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Roy Wade .... unit manager
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound (as Tom Carman)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Riebe .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double: Clayton Moore (uncredited)
Duke Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt double: Roy Barcroft & Tristram Coffin (uncredited)
Nellie Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Thackery .... process photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Mort Glickman .... musical director
Stanley Wilson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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180 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Chapter Titles: 1. The Black Raiders 2. Signal for Action 3. The Stacked Deck 4. Concealed Evidence 5. TheCorpse of Jesse James 6. The Traitor 7. Talk or Die! 8. Boomerang 9. The Captured Raider 10.The Revealing Torch 11.The Spy 12.Black Gold 13.Deadline at MidnightSee more »
Revealing mistakes: In Chapter Two you can see a rope that's pulling the burning hay wagon.See more »
Steve Lane:You gotta clear out of here fast! There's a posse coming to take you in for the Northfield job.
Jesse James:The Northfield job? I didn't know about it until I got this paper. Won't they let a man be honest?
Steve Lane:Not if the man is Jesse James.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Who Was That Masked Man?, 17 June 2002
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Jesse James Rides Again" was the first of three serials that featured the James character that were produced by Republic between 1947 and 1950. Of course Jesse James in these serials bears no resemblance to the real Jesse James. In fact, Jesse is the hero rather than the villain in all three. But who among the Saturday Matinee crowd really cared?

This entry involves the familiar "B" western plot of the villains trying to take over the local ranches because there's oil under the land. Meanwhile Jesse James (Clayton Moore) and his pal Steve Lane (John Compton) flee Missouri and wind up in the middle of the conflict assisting the ranchers. They take a particular interest in crippled rancher Tom London and his daughter (Linda Stirling) who are being raided by the Black Raiders led by Roy Barcroft. Tristram Coffin, a "respectable" town citizen is the brains behind the outfit.

The serial contains the usual cliffhangers and relies heavily on stock footage from the 1943 John Wayne film "War of the Wildcats" for the race to the refinery sequence. And yes, we see that famous shot of the exploding oil derrick in this one too. The stuntwork is top notch as usual. Two of the stunt men, Tom Steele and Dale Van Sickel in addition to doubling most of the actors in the action scenes, appear in four different bit roles each over the course of the film.

Clayton Moore, soon to become TV's Lone Ranger, plays Jesse not unlike the masked man. Linda Stirling in her final serial, has little to do except act helpless and look beautiful. Compton is simply awful as the hero's pal. Barcroft and Coffin make a formidable pair of villains. Holly Bane (aka Mike Ragan) and Charlie King are also part of the gang. "B" western veterans Edmund Cobb, LeRoy Mason (on the right side of the law for a change), Gene Roth and Edward Cassidy round out the cast. Keith Richards, who would play Jesse in the 1950 serial "The James Brothers of Missouri" has a bit as a phony drunk trying to find out what Jesse's next move is going to be.

This serial is as good as any turned out by Republic at that time and though predictable, is enjoyable nonetheless.

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