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I Shot Jesse James
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Writers:
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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Bob Ford and an unwilling "femme fatale" See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
 
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: During the final shootout the background lighting on the closeups and master shots of John Ireland do not match.See more »
Quotes:
Young Gunslinger:Don't shoot. I'm out of bullets.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Gunfighters of the Old West (1992) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Jesse James SongSee more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Bob Ford and an unwilling "femme fatale", 16 August 2005
Author: tmwest from S. Paulo, Brazil

This was the first film directed by Samuel Fuller. The producer was Robert Lippert, who gave total freedom to Fuller as long as the budget was low. The result was a financial success considering the amount that was invested and it established the pattern that Fuller's films would follow: low budget, but control of the film by Fuller.If ever a film deserved to be called "noir" it is this one. Apart from being filmed in black and white, but more black than white, it is the story of a man so blinded by love that all through the film you feel his anguish and desperation. Fuller took the liberty of adding this love story to the tragic life of Robert Ford, who is known up to our days as "the dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard.". John Ireland is a convincing Ford, Preston Foster is John Kelley a man that is in love with the same woman.. Barbara Britton is outstanding as Cinthy Waters, the woman. She is beautiful and has an incredibly modern look for a film that was made in 1949, makes you think of Nicole Kidman. She is unreachable to Ford, he knew that as a fugitive their love could not survive, but he did not realize that as a cowardly killer, even though he was pardoned, the people would hate him and the odds would be that she would not accept him. She was unwillingly the cause of his tragedy.

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