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The Return of Frank James (1940)

Approved | | Crime, History, Western | 16 August 1940 (USA)
Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank James
... Eleanor Stone
... Clem
... Major Rufus Cobb
... Bob Ford
... George Runyan
... McCoy
Eddie Collins ... Station Agent
... Judge
... Prosecutor
Ernest Whitman ... Pinky
... Charlie Ford
... Randolph Stone
Victor Kilian ... Preacher
... Colonel Jackson
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Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, has been laying low, living as a farmer and taking care of Clem, the son of one of the members of the James gang. He gets word that Jesse was killed by Bob and Charlie Ford, he hoped that the law would deal with them but when he learns that the railroad man whom he and Jesse terrorized contracted them to kill Jesse and helped them get off, he goes after them. Clem whom he told to remain on the farm goes with him and when it's impossible for him to do so, Frank has no choice to let him tag along. Now in order to cover their tracks they start telling people that Frank James is dead and that they saw it. Eleanor Stone, a female reporter, who wants to write about it interviews them and they are both taken with each other. But eventually she learns who Frank is from the Pinkerton detective who is tracking them but doesn't turn them in. But eventually Frank learns that his farm hand, Pinky has been arrested as his accomplice and is about to be hung. ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The original treatment had Frank romantically interested in the reporter played by Gene Tierney, but the studio became fearful of a possible lawsuit by Frank's widow and/or son, so it was eliminated from the script. See more »

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Frank James: Pinky never so much as even stole a chicken in his whole life!
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Features Jesse James (1939) See more »

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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
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good follow up to Jesse James
24 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The first western directed by Fritz Lang and it wouldn't be his last. Henry Fonda returns as Frank James and so do several other cast members like John Carradine and Henry Hull. There is a new cast member played by Jackie Cooper who is playing Jesse James grown up kid. This one starts out with Frank wanting to give up bank robbing until he hears about Jesse getting killed and then going after the Ford brothers who killed him. The Ford brothers, by the way, are putting on a show about how they killed Jesse.

Frank doesn't have that much money so he decides to rob a bank and a man is killed by the posse but they think Frank did it. There's more to the plot by you can find that out for yourself. This is Gene Tierney's first film and in this movie Frank had to avenge Jesse's murder without actually killing anyone himself, do to the strictures of the censors.


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