While the law hunts him, Jesse James lives quietly in a rented house on the corner of Lafayette and Twenty-first street in St. Joseph, Missouri, under the alias of Tom Howard. His wife Zee begs him to end his association with the Ford brothers. Before they can leave on a "last" bank holdup, Bob learns that his childhood sweetheart, Cynthy Waters, now an actress, is in St. Joe and he brushes aside all caution to see her. Cynthy is beginning to realize that she is a liability to her manager, Harry Kane, because she will not leave Missouri. Meanwhile, John Kelley has come into her life. She pleads with Bob to turn honest. Cynthy tries to get a pardon for Bob, but the best offer she can get is for a 20-year stretch in prison. Then, the Governor offers amnesty and a $10,000 reward to any member of the James gang betraying Jesse. When his chance comes (April 3, 1882)Bob shoots Jesse in the back. He gets the amnesty but the reward is cut to $500. He also loses the love and respect of Cynthy,... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The sensational story of a man who lived, loved and died by the gun!
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Did You Know?
Director Samuel Fuller
said that he wanted to make this picture because, unlike many filmmakers in Hollywood, he did not see the real Jesse James
as a "folk hero" or someone to be admired. Fuller saw him as a cold-blooded psychopath who shot down women, children, the elderly, the helpless (his gang once stopped a Union hospital train and executed every wounded federal soldier on it) and, in Fuller's words, Bob Ford "did something that should have been done quite a bit earlier in the life of Jesse Woodson James". See more
During the final shootout the background lighting on the closeups and master shots of John Ireland do not match. See more
Miss Waters, don't be worried about me losing any money in your show. I don't have any, but I'd still like to talk to you again.
Opening credits are shown as posters hanging on a wall. See more
The Minstrel Song
Written by Albert Glasser
Sung by Robin Short See more