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Release Date:
17 July 1953 (USA) See more »
FILMED IN NEW ANSCO COLOR! (original print ad - all caps)
The famed outlaw is talked into saddling up for one more bank robbery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Willard Parker ... Jesse James

Barbara Payton ... Kate

Tom Neal ... Arch Clements

Wallace Ford ... Elias Hobbs

Jim Bannon ... Bob Ford

James Anderson ... Johnny Dorette
Richard H. Cutting ... Sam Wells (as Richard Cutting)
Barbara Woodell ... Zee James
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Arnold ... Brunette (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Morgan (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Barfly (uncredited)

Nora Hayden ... Redhead (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... 'Soapy' Smith--Saloon Spieler (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Posse Member (uncredited)

Rory Mallinson ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Knife-Throwing Ambusher (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robin Morse ... Anderson (uncredited)

Steve Pendleton ... Todd--Crooked Gambler (uncredited)
Ed Russell ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Marin Sais ... Mrs. Lovett (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Ambusher (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Young Jesse James (uncredited)

Directed by
Reginald Le Borg 
Writing credits
Richard H. Landau (written by) (as Richard Landau)

Produced by
Robert L. Lippert Jr. .... producer (also as Bob Lippert Jr.)
Original Music by
Bert Shefter 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton (director of photography) (as Gil Warrenton)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson 
Art Direction by
George Van Marter 
Set Decoration by
Vin Taylor 
Makeup Department
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bartlett A. Carre .... production supervisor (as Bart Carré)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mack V. Wright .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Kemp .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound engineer
Robert Post .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunt double (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Olivas .... wardrobe
Music Department
Bert Shefter .... conductor
Other crew
William Magginetti .... business manager (as William Maginetti)

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Additional Details

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73 min
Color (Ansco Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16468)

Did You Know?

This is the only film to co-star Tom Neal and Barbara Payton, whose notorious 1950s love affair was infamous and essentially derailed the careers of both of them.See more »
Continuity: While en route. Jesse's costume including hat, shirt coat, and pants totally changes.See more »
Jesse James:[to Johnny Dorette] What do you see out there. Johnny? Yesterday or tomorrow?See more »
That's The Man For MeSee more »


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Synonymous with treachery, 3 June 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I doubt that Willard Parker copped the lead for the television version of Tales Of The Texas Rangers on the strength of this rather tired western. Parker is in the title role of The Great Jesse James Raid. It's more like a road trip than a raid. And who brings the caper to him? None other than Bob Ford played here by Jim Bannon.

Parker is living quietly with wife Barbara Woodell and child when Bannon arrives with sidekick Richard Wells. There's mine in Creed, Colorado where he knows there's a mother lode that can be gotten to by an abandoned tunnel. Of course there's a reason it's abandoned, but that's part of why you might want to see the film for.

Jesse's picked crew is Tom Neal, Wallace Ford, and Jim Anderson. Not the most harmonious bunch ever gathered. And of course the name of Bob Ford is synonymous with treachery.

I will say this that Parker's more reflective scenes were done quite well as Jesse yearns to leave outlaw life behind and pack up wife and child and move somewhere they never heard of Jesse James. As if in 1881 in the USA that were possible.

But the whole business is presented rather prosaically and Lippert Films no doubt did the film to capitalize on the notoriety of Tom Neal and his romance with Barbara Payton. Payton is in the film also as Ford's squeeze who Neal of course takes a fancy too. Everybody in America knew about Neal's famous fist fight with Franchot Tone over Payton. Franchot's classic profile required reconstructive surgery, but it was a slow and sorry end for both of Neal and Payton. Besides that particular Hollywood scandal was already two years old. So I doubt much box office was made from the only appearance of Neal and Payton in a film together.

This might have been a better film in another studio. But I never expect much from Lippert.

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