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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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Cast

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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Comedy | Western

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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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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 Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (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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The music in this is fantastic. Guy Mitchell did the sound-track.
16 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. The music was sung by Guy Mitchell with all original songs. Great music and a funny movie. If you like comedy westerns this is a great one.

I can't get over the music though. Guy Mitchell had one of the best voices ever. And these original songs are classic. Wish I could get a hold of the sound-track.

There will never be another Bob Hope. Seems like comedy today is nothing but dirt. Bob's was clean and funny and adult. This is probably the best comedy western ever completed by Hope. Too bad they couldn't keep the original cameos i.e. Gene Autry was in the original at the ending gunfight.


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