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The Return of Jesse James (1950)

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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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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
Byron Foulger ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

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 »


The Great Jesse James Raid took place in Northfield, not Westfield, Minnesota. See more »


Commissioner Morton: [to Galway and Dakin] I advise you to clean up your house, gentlemen, or a new broom will.
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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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