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Carl K. Hittleman (story)
Jack Natteford (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 September 1950 (USA) See more »
NEW UNTOLD ADVENTURES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Better Than Average Western With Good Cast! See more (5 total) »


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John Ireland ... Johnny Callum

Ann Dvorak ... Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger

Henry Hull ... Hank Younger

Reed Hadley ... Frank James

Hugh O'Brian ... Lem Younger
Clifton Young ... Bob Ford

Tommy Noonan ... Charlie Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Victor Kilian ... Westfield Sheriff Rigby

Margia Dean ... Marge

Sid Melton ... Saloon Waiter-Piano Player
Byron Foulger ... Rufe Dakin
Paul Maxey ... Elmer Galway

Peter Marshall ... George

Norman Leavitt ... Dr. Hallstrom
Barbara Woodell ... Ann--Frank's Wife

I. Stanford Jolley ... Commissioner Morton
Robin Short ... Gang Member
Jay Barney ... Cap'n Andy Milburn
Hank Patterson ... Clay County Marshal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Clay County Townsman (uncredited)
Chris Allen ... Westfield Townsman (uncredited)
Ivan Bell ... Westfield Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Clay County Townsman (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Westfield Townsman (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ... Clay County Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Jeweller (uncredited)
Ted French ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Ford Saloon Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Frank James' Neighbor (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Mason County Sheriff (uncredited)
Lew Morphy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... First Doctor (uncredited)
George Plues ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Clay County Townsman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Clay County Townsman (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hilton  (as Arthur David Hilton)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl K. Hittleman  story
Jack Natteford  screenplay

Produced by
Carl K. Hittleman .... producer
Original Music by
Ferde Grofé Sr.  (as Ferde Grofé)
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Coswick 
Casting by
Yolanda Molinari  (as Yolando Molinari)
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as F. Paul Sylos)
Set Decoration by
Vin Taylor  (as Vincent Taylor)
Makeup Department
Loretta Bickel .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Davis .... assistant director
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound engineer (as John Carter)
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
John Daheim .... stunt double: Hugh O'Brian (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Henry .... stunt double (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Dalton .... grip (uncredited)
James Knott .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tommy Lee .... gaffer (uncredited)
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alfred Berke .... wardrobe
Kitty Mager .... wardrobe (as Kitty Major)
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... musical director
Other crew
Dorothy B. Cormack .... script supervisor
E.R. Hickson .... technical advisor
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
William Magginetti .... unit business manager
Les Mitchel .... executive assistant
Wandra Ramsey .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-12 (1959) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1954) (uncut) | Sweden:(Banned) | USA:Approved

Did You Know?

Reed Hadley, who plays Frank James, had earlier played brother Jesse in "I Shot Jesse James."See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Commissioner Morton:[to Galway and Dakin] I advise you to clean up your house, gentlemen, or a new broom will.See more »
Camptown RacesSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Better Than Average Western With Good Cast!, 9 March 2007
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Return of Jesse James" was another of Lippert Pictures ventures into the legend of the James Brothers. Directed by first time director Arthur Hilton, whose forte was editing, it is an interesting western and contains a cast of recognizable performers, some on the way up and others on the way down. In any event the combination works.

Drifter Johnny Callum (John Ireland) rides into the town where Bob (Clifton Young) and Charley Ford (Tommy Noonan) run a saloon and where Bob proudly displays the gun with which he killed legendary outlaw Jesse James. Callum is befriended by saloon girl Sue Ellen Younger (Ann Dvorak) who takes a shine to him. Her father Hank (Henry Hull) and brother Lem (Hugh O'Brian) who rode with the James boys look on and Hank sees a resemblance between Johnny and Jesse James. Hank proposes that Johnny impersonate Jesse and revive the gang.

The gang led by Johnny with encouragement from Sue Ellen duplicate Jesse's pattern of robberies from years before. Before long, Frank James (Reed Hadley) learns of this and rides to Hank's ranch to elicit a promise from him that the use of the James name will stop. Hank agrees but Johnny prodded by the gold digging Sue Ellen continues the robberies.

Frank decides to put a stop to the robberies by warning the town of Westfield of an impending robbery. He and the town sheriff (Victor Kilian) set a trap for the gang and.............................

For John Ireland, this was his first starring role. He had gained fame with roles in "Red River" (1948) and in "All The King's Men" (1949) for which he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He would go on to alternate between supporting roles in "A" features and starring roles in "B" pictures, mostly westerns.

Ann Dvorak and Henry Hull's careers went all the way back to the teens. Dvorak first appeared in films in 1916 at the age of four and is remembered for her role in the gangster classic "Scarface" (1932). Hull similarly saw his career in films begin in 1917 and is best remembered for the title role in "Werewolf of London" (1935).

Others in the cast include Margia Dean as a saloon singer, Sid Melton as the piano player, Byron Foulger as a politician, Peter Marshall (of Hollywood Squares fame) as one of the boys and Hank Patterson and Earle Hodgins as various lawmen.

Peter Marshall and Tommy Noonan were a comedy team at one time during the 1950s. Noonan can also be seen as Marilyn Monroe's suitor in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953). Hugh O'Brian went on to a so-so career at Universal before hitting it big in TV's "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955-61). Sid Melton appeared on "The Danny Thomas Show" on TV.

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