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Alias Jesse James (1959)

 -  Comedy | Western  -  20 March 1959 (USA)
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The outlaw T.J. 'Jesse' James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

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Complete credited cast:
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Milford Farnsworth
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Cora Lee Collins
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Gloria Talbott ...
Princess Irawanie (as Gloria Talbot)
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Titus Queasley
Mary Young ...
Mickey Finn ...
Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson ...
James Gang member
Fred Kohler Jr. ...
James Gang member (as Fred Kohler)
Ethan Laidlaw ...
James Gang member
Glenn Strange ...
James Gang member
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Gene Autry (scenes deleted)
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Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Inept insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells a man a $100,000 policy. When his boss learns the man was Jesse James he sends Milford after him with money to buy back the policy. After a masked Jesse robs Milford of the money, Milford's boss heads out with more money. Jesse learns about it and plans to rob him, have Milford dressed as him get killed in the robbery, and then collect the $100,000. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Bob Hope rides the range bareback in the biggest gun, gal and gag stampede in the West ! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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20 March 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Schuß und 50 Tote  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(DeLuxe)| (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The climactic gunfight features cameos by Bing Crosby and surprise appearances by actors who, at the time, were starring or had recently starred in extremely popular Western television series (such as Maverick (1957), The Roy Rogers Show (1951), Annie Oakley (1954)) and Western movies such as High Noon (1952) (Gary Cooper). They appeared playing the same roles that they had played on their shows. See more »

Goofs

He clearly sells the policy to Jesse James during a lunchtime session in the bar (broad daylight, and a sign reading 'Free Lunch'), and his boss tells him to take the rest of the day off. But when the boss points out that he's just sold a life policy to a notorious gangster, he says "Not once during the evening did he mention..." See more »

Quotes

Titus Queasley: Farnsworth, what do you expect to achieve with such crass ineptitude, such utter incompetence, such colossal stupidity?
Milford Farnsworth: Well, I was hoping to become your assistant.
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Connections

References Gunsmoke (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't-a-Hankerin'
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Bud Burtson
Sung by Bob Hope and Rhonda Flemming
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Bob Hope at his usual best.
6 July 2002 | by (Warwick, Pa.) – See all my reviews

This is a treat for those of us who enjoy side-splitting slapstick without being silly. Bob Hope has been an all-time favorite of mine and in this film he really knows how to get the laughs. He plays an insurance salesman who sells a life insurance policy to Jesse James (played by Wendell Corey) and falls for Jesse's saloon-singer/girlfriend (played by the lovely Rhonda Fleming). It has so many sight gags that it has to be viewed all the way through to really enjoy them. And the cameos by all the western stars during the shootout - what a great idea! Even the kids will get a kick out of this one. My 15-year-old even loved it, considering the junk that's called entertainment today for their age group. Get the family, get some popcorn, gather 'round the set, you baby boomers, and enjoy some great comedy.


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