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Alias Jesse James (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 20 March 1959 (USA)
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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Milford Farnsworth
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Cora Lee Collins
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Princess Irawanie (as Gloria Talbot)
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Titus Queasley
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Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson ...
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James Gang Member (as Fred Kohler)
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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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This town ain't big enough for both of us ! See more »


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20 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Ein Schuß und 50 Tote  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final cinema film of James Arness. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Referenced in Rhonda Fleming: A Cinderella Story (2008) 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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