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The Return of Jesse James (1950)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 8 September 1950 (USA)
Frank James resents and tries to stop a ruthless drifter who has adopted the name of his dead brother in order to duplicate his crimes.


(as Arthur David Hilton)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Callum
Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger
Hank Younger
Lem Younger
Clifton Young ...
Charlie Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Victor Kilian ...
Westfield Sheriff Rigby
Saloon Waiter-Piano Player
Rufe Dakin
Paul Maxey ...
Elmer Galway
Dr. Hallstrom
Barbara Woodell ...
Ann--Frank's Wife


Johnny looks so much like the real Jesse, he is mistaken for him by a grizzled old member of the now deceased James gang. Johnny is talked into leading a new gang to rob banks using the same modus operandi as the famed outlaw. Jesse's brother Frank decides to put a stop to the defamation of his dead brother's name. Johnny and his gang run into trouble when they try to rob the same two banks, simultaneously, that proved to be the downfall of the original gang. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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NEW UNTOLD ADVENTURES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

8 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of the James Boys  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Bob Ford died in Colorado in 1892, not in Missouri in 1883, as this film states, and the real Charlie Ford committed suicide in 1886. See more »


In the saloon scene Sid Melton says he wants to hear a 'fresh and new' song, "The Camptown Races." The Stephen Foster song was published in 1850, which would making it a 'golden oldie" by 1883. See more »


Hank Younger: [referring to Callum] Some day he's gonna bite off more than he can chaw, and I wanna be there.
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Camptown Races
Composd by Stephen Foster (1850)
Played and sung by Sid Melton and Margia Dean in saloon scene.
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A very good 'film noir' western
28 October 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

Ireland is the Jesse James look-alike that tries to out-do the famed gangster. Hadley is Frank James, determined to preserve his dead brothers reputation. This is a tight little western that moves at a nice pace, featuring fine action from a notable supporting cast. Although not as dark and moody as "I Shot Jesse James"(1949), with Ireland back in the lead, this makes a nice companion piece from Lippert Pictures.

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