Alias Jesse James (1959)

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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:
Milford Farnsworth
Cora Lee Collins
Gloria Talbott ...
Princess Irawanie (as Gloria Talbot)
Titus Queasley
Mary Young ...
Mickey Finn ...
Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson ...
James Gang Member
James Gang Member (as Fred Kohler)
Ethan Laidlaw ...
James Gang Member
James Gang Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Autry (scenes deleted)
Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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Release Date:

20 March 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Schuß und 50 Tote  »

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1.85 : 1
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Final film of Ward Bond. See more »


According to the date on Queasley's telegram, the film takes place in 1880. Yet Milford and Cora Lee sing a song mentioning Grant's Tomb, even though former President Ulysses S. Grant didn't die until 1885, and his tomb in New York City wasn't built until many years after that. Also, Milford sees a young boy playing the piano, who tells him his name is Harry Truman. Truman wasn't born until 1884. See more »


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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References Maverick (1957) See more »


Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Bud Burtson
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Paleface 3? Not quite, but a very enjoyable Hope picture it be.
27 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bumbling buffoon insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells notorious outlaw Jesse James a $100,000 policy. When his boss finds out who the customer is, he dispatches Farnsworth after James in the hope of buying back the policy, he also gives strict orders that Farnsworth must ensure that James comes to no harm.

Bob Hope sells Jesse James an insurance policy,! that alone should prepare you for what type of picture this is. There is nothing out of the ordinary here that we haven't seen before in most other Hope vehicles, and as a huge fan of The Paleface and the even better Son Of Paleface, I would point readers to those pictures by way of them being far better. However Alias has some fine moments that keep it way above average, in fact for visual gags this picture scores higher than most of Hope's better known comedies. Be it a steaming alcohol fuelled hat or a magic mushroomed fed horse, there is still much fun to be had as Hope plays out his winning formula. Along for the ride is the supremely sexy Rhonda Fleming as Jesse James' gal, Cora Lee Collins, and as James himself we get Wendell Corey looking as tho he is enjoying himself. The final reel of this film is now something of legend as we get to play spot the genre star during a protracted shoot out, stars such as Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers & Gail Davis join Bing Crosby to close the picture on a mightily high point. 6.5/10

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