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I Shot Jesse James
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Samuel Fuller (written by)
Homer Croy (article)
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Release Date:
26 February 1949 (USA) See more »
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THE THRILLING AND COLORFUL LAST DAYS OF AMERICA'S MOST FABULOUS OUTLAW...POWERFULLY WRITTEN IN GUNSMOKE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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Offbeat B western with Fuller touch. See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
Stunts
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
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
The character played by Robin Short, identified in the cast merely as "Troubadour," is obviously based on the real-life traveling musician Billy Gashade, who shortly after Jesse James' death wrote the "Ballad of Jesse James" sung by Short in the film and also used as a recurring theme by composer Albert Glasser.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Harry Kane:Gold is nothing but that last corruption of degenerate man. But to be a little corrupt for the sake of art, that I wouldn't mind.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Arson, Inc. (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Minstrel SongSee more »

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Offbeat B western with Fuller touch., 16 August 2012
Author: st-shot from United States

Sam Fuller's writer/ director debut foreshadows much of the quirky originality one would come to expect from his pictures in the decades to follow. Leave it to Sam to have a protagonist that cowardly shoots an infamous icon in the back as opposed to making another oater featuring Jesse James. I Shot Jesse James is a fresh approach to the western canon and from this angle makes for a more than satisfying ride for a B western with something extra.

Jesse James is living incognito in St. Joe MO with his family as well as providing shelter for the Ford brothers. When Bob Ford (John Ireland) learns he can receive amnesty as well as a fat reward for Jess dead or alive he plans his future to run off with his entertainer girl friend and start anew. After performing the dastardly act he fails to get the full reward so he agrees to go on tour re-creating the scene on stage as well as avoid a similar fate.

Fuller presents James as a decent man while Ford displays a loutish personality filled with jealousy and paranoia. Ireland does a fine job of managing to evoke sympathy for a an execrable character looking for a way out as he displays just enough sensitivity to temper his surly ways. Eventually you find yourself rooting for him and perhaps identifying with him since he is not only an assassin but a dreamer as well.

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