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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)
Naura 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 A Robert L. Lippert Jr. Production 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)
Art Department
Tom Kemp .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound engineer
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) | USA:Approved (PCA #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 »
Arch Clements:I've seen caves home in Kentucky like this. They make for nice tombs.See more »
That's the Man for MeSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What Great Jesse James Raid?, 4 March 2007
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The title, "The Great Jesse James Raid" is a bit misleading. First there is no raid (it's about digging through a mine for gold) and second, there's no James boys gang (Frank is nowhere to be seen).

Produced by the Lippert Company and directed by Reginald LeBorg, the film winds up being nothing more than a formula poverty row quickie, in spite of the fact its in color (rare for this company).

Tom Howard (Willard Parker), who in reality is Jesse James is living anonymously in St. Joseph, Missouri with his family when he is visited by one of his gang, Bob Ford (Jim Bannon) and his partner Sam Wells (Richard Cutting). They have come to Jesse to gain his support for their plan to rob a gold mine. James is to provide, apart from himself, a "powder man", Elias Hobbs (Wallace Ford) and a gunfighter, Arch Clements (Tom Neal).

In Ford's saloon, they meet up with Ford's girlfriend Kate (Barbara Payton) and Clements sets his sights upon her. The four men set off for the mine where they meet up with Sam Wells and begin the task of undermining (so to speak) the shaft leading to the gold. Kate comes along and causes friction among the men. After several double crosses and murders the final showdown takes place and.................................

Its hard to imagine Willard Parker as Jesse James, but his does his best with the role. Veteran character actor Ford takes the acting honors in this one as the grizzled old powder man. Tom Neal never achieved the promise he showed in the film Noire thriller "Detour" (1945). He merely walks through his role as the trigger happy gunman. Barbara Payton had made some major "A" features, such as "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (1950) with James Cagney, but soon sank into roles such as this. Neal and Payton were an item in real life. In fact Neal is probably best remembered for his brawl with actor Franchot Tone over Ms. Payton's affections. Jim Bannon, long a fixture in westerns, had recently finished a series as "Red Ryder".

Serviceable western.

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