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The Return of Frank James (1940)

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writer:

Sam Hellman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Frank James
Gene Tierney ... Eleanor Stone
Jackie Cooper ... Clem aka Tom Grayson
Henry Hull ... Major Rufus Cobb
John Carradine ... Bob Ford
J. Edward Bromberg ... George Runyan
Donald Meek ... McCoy
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Station Agent
George Barbier ... Judge
Russell Hicks ... Prosecutor
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Pinky
Charles Tannen ... Charlie Ford
Lloyd Corrigan ... Randolph Stone
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Preacher
Edward McWade ... Colonel Jackson
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Even greater than Jesse James. See more »

Genres:

Crime | History | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La venganza de Frank James See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Gene Tierney. See more »

Goofs

Frank mentions watching the sun come up over the mountains in Denver. East of Denver is plains. The mountains are west of Denver. The sun comes up over the plains and sets behind the mountains. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Rufus Cobb: Now read it back to me, Roy.
Roy: "If we are ever going to have law and order in this part of the country, we got to take vipers like those Fords and that slimy railroad detective Runyon and shoot 'em down like dogs."
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 5 seconds to edit horse falls. See more »

Connections

Follows Jesse James (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Ironsides March
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Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
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good follow up to Jesse James
24 February 2004 | by kyle_furrSee 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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