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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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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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
Shot in ten days.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:What'll you do if he does strike it rich?
Cynthy Waters:I don't know.
Harry Kane:I don't remember if it was Shakespeare or Aristotle, but one of them once said, "No one loves the man who he fears."
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Soundtrack:
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Akin To The Kind Of Celebrity OJ Enjoys, 4 July 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After seeing The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, one realizes just how dated this film is as compared to the one that Casey Affleck won an Academy Award nomination for. That more recent film is far closer to the truth. It certainly has the right age for Robert Ford in real life was barely out of his teens, not an adult as John Ireland was in this film, nor a host of others who've played Ford in various Jesse James movies.

Still this western made by Samuel Fuller, his first as a director, does have a landmark status of sorts with a fine performance by John Ireland in the title role. According to this version he did this one for love and that huge amnesty money promised by the Governor of Missouri which he never got, that part is true. It was love of Barbara Britton who plays the object of Ireland's affections.

The real Robert Ford and John Ireland in this film must have thought he'd be a hero. His celebrity such as it was was akin to what O.J. Simpson got after his acquittal. People who kill for a bounty were regarded then as now as a necessary evil, but not folks you invite to your dinner table.

Samuel Fuller got good performances out of Ireland, Britton and the rest of a fine cast. It's not a bad Jesse James film, a man who has never ceased to fascinate Hollywood.

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