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The Return of Frank James ()


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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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Frank James
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Eleanor Stone
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Clem
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Major Rufus Cobb
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Bob Ford
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George Runyan
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Mc Coy
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Station Agent
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Judge
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Prosecutor
Ernest Whitman ...
Pinky
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Charlie Ford
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Randolph Stone
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Preacher
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Colonel Jackson
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Roy
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Bystander
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Sheriff
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Nellie Blane
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Watchman
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Mose (as Stymie Beard)
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Davison Clark ...
Officer (as Davidson Clark)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Battier ...
Frank James in Play (uncredited)
A.S. 'Pop' Byron ...
Train Engineer (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ...
Juror (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Play Spectator (uncredited)
Edmund Elton ...
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Budd Fine ...
Deputy (uncredited)
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Mrs. Edna Stone (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Saloon Patron (uncredited)
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Confederate Veteran Juror (uncredited)
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Old Man on Rocker (uncredited)
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Bailiff (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Adrian Morris ...
Denver Detective (uncredited)
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Liberty Bartender (uncredited)
Hattie Noel ...
Denver House Chambermaid (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Denver House Bartender (uncredited)
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Front-Row Play Spectator (uncredited)
Russ Powell ...
Juror (uncredited)
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Jesse James (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Allen D. Sewall ...
Old Timer (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Eleanor's Maid (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fritz Lang

Written by

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Sam Hellman ... (original screenplay)

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Kenneth Macgowan ... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... producer

Music by

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David Buttolph ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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George Barnes ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Walter Thompson

Art Direction by

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Richard Day
Wiard Ihnen ... (as Wiard B.Ihnen)

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Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

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Louis Hippe ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ben Silvey ... production manager (uncredited)

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Hal Herman ... assistant director (uncredited)
Aaron Rosenberg ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Joseph C. Behm ... props (uncredited)
Fred Smith ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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W.D. Flick ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)

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Larry Chapman ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Rube Dalroy ... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... stunts (uncredited)
Lew Meehan ... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... stunts (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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William V. Skall ... associate director of photography
Frank Corey ... grip (uncredited)
George Dye ... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Kenneth Green ... camera operator (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... grip (uncredited)
Wendell Jones ... grip (uncredited)
Eddie Ledgerwood ... grip (uncredited)
Roger Mace ... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
George McHose ... grip (uncredited)
Fred Rezk ... grip (uncredited)
C.E. Richardson ... key grip (uncredited)
Herbert Romey ... grip (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin ... still photographer (uncredited)
John F. Warren ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Young ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Travis Banton ... costumes
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Wesley Trist ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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David Buttolph ... musical director
Charles Henderson ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Stanley Scheuer ... script clerk (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor director
Morgan Padelford ... associate Technicolor director
Bert Hendrickson ... stand-in: Jackie Cooper (uncredited)
Jack McKinney ... technical assistant (uncredited)
Walter Myron ... service: Technicolor (uncredited)
Paul Uhl ... technical assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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. Now short of knowing who Frank is, he has not done anything to help Frank, so Frank has to decide what is more important getting the Fords or helping Pinky. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines Even greater than Jesse James. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le retour de Frank James (France)
  • Rache für Jesse James (Germany)
  • La venganza de Frank James (Spain)
  • Frank James visszatér (Hungary)
  • O Regresso de Frank James (Portugal)
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs Heard 3 rounds fired, but 4 appear to have been used. See more »
Movie Connections Features Jesse James (1939). See more »
Soundtracks Old Ironsides March See more »
Quotes Frank James: I can't talk without thinking, not being a lawyer.
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