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31 August 1949 (USA) See more »
The James Brothers go undercover to help a former member of their gang, who is now running a respectable... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Keith Richards ... Jesse James
Robert Bice ... Frank James

Noel Neill ... Peg Royer

Roy Barcroft ... Ace Marlin
Patricia Knox ... Belle Calhoun
Lane Bradford ... Monk Tucker
Gene Roth ... Marshal Rand [Chs. 10-12] (as Eugene Roth)

John Hamilton ... Lon Royer [Ch.1]
Edmund Cobb ... The Sheriff [Chs. 6-8]

Hank Patterson ... Duffy [Ch. 4] / Duffy [11]
Dale Van Sickel ... Harry Sharkey / Henry Simpson (Chapters 3-4)
Tom Steele ... Slim, Lanky Royer Employee [Ch.1] / Drake, Lanky Henchman Guarding Simpson [Ch.4] / Henchman Guarding Wagon [Ch.11]
Lee Roberts ... 'Brandy' Jones [Chs. 6-7]
Frank O'Connor ... Rimrock Citizen

Marshall Reed ... Dutch
Wade Ray ... Deputy (Ch. 2)
Nolan Leary ... 'Pop' Keever [Chs. 2-3]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... Knox / Townsman 3 (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Mr. Carson (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Blears / Townsman 1 (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Henchman (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Brad / Cowl (uncredited)
Helen Griffith ... Rimrock Townswoman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ted Hubert ... Ed Thorne (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Price (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Henchman (uncredited)
Ray Morgan ... Driver (uncredited)
Post Park ... Waggoner / Farrow / Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Joe Phillips ... Jackson (uncredited)
Jim Rinehart ... Davis (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frosty Royce ... Townsman (uncredited)
Rocky Shahan ... Townsman (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Bailey (uncredited)
Duke Taylor ... Flint / Pete (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Stark / Trent (uncredited)

Robert J. Wilke ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Brannon 
Writing credits
Royal K. Cole (written by) (as Royal Cole) &
William Lively (written by) &
Sol Shor (written by)

Produced by
Franklin Adreon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Wilson 
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cliff Bell Sr.  (as Cliff Bell)
Sam Starr 
Art Direction by
Fred A. Ritter 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
James Redd 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Peggy Gray .... hair styles supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Roy Wade .... unit manager
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Mandine Rogne .... sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Post Park .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Shahan .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double (uncredited)
Duke Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (archive footage) (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Thackery .... process photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
R. Dale Butts .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Anthony Collins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph Dubin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mort Glickman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Perkins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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167 min (12 episodes)
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Chapter Titles: 1. Frontier Revenge 2. Racing Peril 3. Danger Road 4. Murder at Midnight 5. Road to Oblivion 6. Missouri Manhunt 7. Hangman's Noose 8. Coffin on Wheels 9. Dead Man's Return 10.Galloping Gunslingers 11.The Haunting Past 12.Fugitive's CodeSee more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining Serial From Republic!, 5 August 2002
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The James Brothers of Missouri" was the third of three serials based on the Jesse James character, produced by Republic Pictures in the late 40s.

In this one, the roles of Jesse and Frank are taken over by Keith Richards and Robert Bice. Noel Neill returns as the helpless heroine and Roy Barcroft, who had appeared as the villain in "Jesse James Rides Again" (1947) is again the chief heavy.

The story has the James Brothers posing as John Howard and Bob Carroll coming to the aid of a former member of their gang (John Hamilton) who is running a freight line in competition with Barcroft who is trying to drive them out of business. After he is murdered the boys stay on to help out daughter Neill. The "brains" of Barcroft's operation is "respectable" storekeeper Belle (Patricia Knox). There are the usual cliffhangers expertly handled by the Republic special effects unit and stunt people. It's amazing how many times that one or both of the heroes are knocked out by the bad guys at the end of a chapter, only to recover in the nick of time with no visible effects and escape certain death. Let's face it, the slightly built Richards would be no match for the burly Barcroft.

Lane Bradford, who was beginning to come into his own as a villain, plays Barcroft's chief henchman. Also, rising "B" western movie favorite Marshall Reed has a small role as one of Barcroft's gang. Veterans Edmund Cobb as the sheriff and Gene Roth (aka Studdenroth) as the Marshal round out the cast. Stunt men Dale Van Sickel, Tom Steele and David Sharpe also appear in a variety of bits as henchmen. And watch for upcoming villain Bob Wilke in a small role as a vocal townsman at the attempted hanging of Jesse.

Richards and Bice make the most of their one opportunity to play the lead characters and how can you not watch a serial where the bad guys are Roy Barcroft and Lane Bradford.

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