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Release Date:
26 February 1949 (USA) See more »
Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Preston Foster ... Kelley
Barbara Britton ... Cynthy

John Ireland ... Bob Ford

Reed Hadley ... Jesse James
J. Edward Bromberg ... Kane
Victor Kilian ... Soapy

Tom Tyler ... Frank James

Tommy Noonan ... Charles Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Eddie Dunn ... Joe

Margia Dean ... Saloon Singer
Byron Foulger ... Silver King Room Clerk
Jeni Le Gon ... Veronica
Barbara Woodell ... Mrs. Zee James
Phillip Pine ... Man in Saloon (as Phil Pine)
Robin Short ... Troubadour
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Collins ... Young Gunslinger (uncredited)
Albert Glasser ... Musician (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Livery Stableman (uncredited)
Mickey Ireland ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Ray Jones ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Marshal Craig (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Play Spectator (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Bank Cashier (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... St. Joseph Saloon Bartender (uncredited)
Britt Wood ... Play Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
Writing credits
Samuel Fuller (written by)

Homer Croy (article in American Weekly magazine)

Robert Gardner  uncredited

Produced by
Carl K. Hittleman .... producer
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller 
Casting by
Yolanda Molinari  (as Yolando Molinari)
Art Direction by
Frank Hotaling 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
James Redd 
Costume Design by
Alfred Berke 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Grubbs .... assistant director (as Johnny Grubbs)
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
Harry Coswick .... sound effects
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: Reed Hadley (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie R. Dalzell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Milton Gold .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Paul Landres .... editorial supervisor
Other crew
Moree Herring .... script clerk
Murray Lerner .... assistant to producer
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
Stanley Price .... dialogue coach
Crew believed to be complete

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Directorial debut of Samuel Fuller.See more »
Continuity: When Jesse James goes to straighten the picture on his wall, the opening shot shows the picture slanting down to the right. When the camera angle changes, the picture is slanting up to the right. When the film cuts back to the first angle, the picture is slanting down to the right again.See more »
Young Gunslinger:Don't shoot. I'm out of bullets.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009)See more »
The Jesse James SongSee more »


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The downfall of the killer of the famed outlaw, 9 October 1998
Author: bux from Tecumseh ok

Bob Ford(Ireland)kills the famous outlaw for love and money;then must live (and eventually die)with the knowledge that he has committed a cowardly act. Early effort of director Fuller, this is a dark and brooding melodrama. Ireland emotes well as the disturbed assassin, supporting cast is first-rate. The next year(1950)Lippert productions released the lesser effort"The Return of Jesse James" which also starred Ireland.

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