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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?

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 »
Continuity: During the final shootout the background lighting on the closeups and master shots of John Ireland do not match.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Arson, Inc. (1949)See more »
The Minstrel SongSee more »


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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Here's my back., 27 May 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

This is Samuel Fuller's first effort;it is a western and it's got something bizarre,something unusual which we find in every work of this director,whatever he films :films noirs ("underworld USA" ),melodramas ("the naked kiss" ) ,thrillers verging on horror ("shock corridor" ) or westerns ("run of the arrow" and "forty guns").

They say that Fuller approved of Robert Ford's attitude.But his movie is not so simple.It seems that Jesse really WANTS to be killed ;we might take the lines "what are you waiting for?here's my back " literally.

Once Robert Ford has taken the plunge ,his fate is sealed;there's no coming back,no hope for the life he dreams of with his gorgeous girl.Anyway,Cynthy's love has turned to despise at worst ,pity at best.

The scene on the stage is some kind of mirror ,where Ford fully realizes what he has done -a scene which contains an unusual inventive use of the flashback-,as is the folk singer who performs his "ballad of Robert Ford": when he sings his last verse ,he may be frightened,but it's Cain's eye all over again.

I do not have to kill you,Jesse's brother says ,you're already dead.

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