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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.

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(as Arthur David Hilton)

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

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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THE MOST NOTORIOUS NAME IN OUTLAW HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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8 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of the James Boys  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Working title: "The Return of the James Boys." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
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Composed by Stephen Foster
Sung by Margia Dean in saloon
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A must for western movie collectors!
17 March 2001 | by (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) – See all my reviews

Exceptional acting highlights this sometimes dark, grim, western. John Ireland is at his best and carries the transformation from cowboy to criminal in an impressive manner. The characters are notably well developed for such a short running time. You may also take note of a fine, penetrating performance by Henry Hull and the death scene of a young Hugh O'Brien. If you remember the mood of "The Little Big Horn" and want it created in a different setting then this movie is a must for any collector.


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