Depicts Jesse James' return home to Missouri after the Civil War hoping to live a life of peace, but is falsely accused of robbing a bank. He is forced to take up a life of crime by being branded an outlaw. Crimes are commited and blamed on him, his family is maimed by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, but all the while James is able to perform charitable acts to citizens. James is finally assasinated by Bob Ford. All told in a flashback style by Jesse James Jr. to a eastern baeu asking for his daughters' hand in marrage. Written by
No fiction has ever surpassed their exploits and the train robberies conceived and carried out by the James Brothers were startling in their boldness and originality of method. (1930 reissue poster)
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Extant version is a re-edited re-release of two films: _Jesse James Under the Black Flag_ (1921) and _Jesse James as the Outlaw_ (1921), with narration taking the place of most of the original inter-titles, plus musical accompaniment and sound effects. Each of the two original films has now been shortened to approximately half its original length, the mid-point between the two occurring about thirty minutes into the present film. See more
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