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Days of Jesse James (1939)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 20 December 1939 (USA)
Bank robbery pulled off by the bank officials, not the usual James gang.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Earle Snell (screen play), Jack Natteford (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Don 'Red' Barry ... Jesse James (as Donald Barry)
Pauline Moore ... Mary Whittaker
Harry Woods ... Captain Worthington
Arthur Loft ... Sam Wyatt
Wade Boteler ... Dr. R.S. Samuels
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Martha Samuels
Scotty Beckett ... Buster Samuels
Harry Worth ... Frank James (as Michael Worth)
Glenn Strange ... Cole Younger
Olin Howland ... Muncie Undersheriff
Monte Blue ... Train Passenger
Jack Rockwell ... Thompson McDaniels
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Muncie Sheriff
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Storyline

Roy Rogers has been sent to bring in Jesse James. After Wyatt's bank is robbed and Jesse is blamed, Roy is able to work himself into Jesse's gang. Learning that Jesse does not have the banks money, Roy realizes Wyatt robbed his own bank posing as Jesse. Roy now sets a trap for Wyatt that he hopes will recover the money. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dias de Jesse James See more »

Filming Locations:

Mentryville, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mary Whittaker: What would you do, Captain, if you saw Jesse James?
Captain Worthington: There's only one thing to do... shoot first and ask questions afterwards.
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Soundtracks

I'm a Son of a Cowboy
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Peter Tinturin
Sung by Roy Rogers
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The Notorious Jesse James
28 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Days of Jesse James finds Roy Rogers as a peace officer on the trail of the selfsame outlaw who's getting accused of a lot of things due to his notoriety.

In fact that's what's happened here. A banker and his son decide to ripoff their own bank and their depositors and pin the crime on the notorious Jesse James. Roy's also in competition with railroad detective Harry Woods who is after the James gang.

Woods is rarely on the side of the law in westerns and he's barely on the side of it here. With his character and with Jesse who is played by another of Herbert J. Yates's cowboy stars at Republic, Don Barry, the film this most resembles is 20th Century Fox's epic western Jesse James which came out the same year.

Roy's limited to only one song here and there's more emphasis on plot than you'll find it most B westerns. Actually the film bares more of a resemblance to a Randolph Scott product than a Roy Rogers western and that's to its credit.

Still the legion of fans for The King of the Cowboys will love it.


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