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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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Lackluster Oater has One Good Idea 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?

Working title: "The Return of the James Boys."See more »
Errors in geography: The Great Jesse James Raid took place in Northfield, not Westfield, Minnesota.See more »
Hank Younger:[referring to Callum] Some day he's gonna bite off more than he can chaw, and I wanna be there.See more »
Jeannie with the Light Brown HairSee more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lackluster Oater has One Good Idea, 8 January 2001
Author: aromatic-2 ( from New York, NY

Interesting idea of a Jesse James lookalike trying to resurrect his identity to pull jobs. Reed Hadley is sufficiently stoic as Frank James, hunting down the bogus Jesse to preserve the real Jesse's reputation. Ireland gives his generally professional performance, hinting broadly at his character's complexity. But in the second half, this fine premise degenerates quickly into a run-of-the mill oater. 5/10.

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