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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
Mary Young ...
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Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson ...
James Gang Member
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James Gang Member (as Fred Kohler)
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James Gang Member
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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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20 March 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Schuß und 50 Tote  »

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Trivia

The last period film made by Bob Hope. The rest of his films were contemporary comedies. 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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References The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) See more »

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Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Bud Burtson
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Great sight gags!
3 December 2002 | by (Whitefish Bay WI) – See all my reviews

This movie was tied up for years due to royalty rights since 11 cowboy stars of the late '50s appear in cameos helping Bob Hope in the final shootout. Note that Gene Autry and James Garner do not appear in the current product, though they were in the original.

Then there is an owl-eyed kid named Harry Truman playing the piano. Bob clubs a gila monster ("The mice sure grow big around here"), then realizes he used a rattlesnake.

I've shown this tape to many people, and all agree it's the best Bob Hope movie and one of the funniest movies they've ever seen.


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