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I Shot Jesse James (1949)

Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writers:

Samuel Fuller, Homer Croy (article)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ... Kelley
Barbara Britton ... Cynthy
John Ireland ... Bob Ford
Reed Hadley ... Jesse James
J. Edward Bromberg ... Kane
Victor Kilian ... Soapy
Tom Tyler ... Frank James
Tommy Noonan ... Charles Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Joe
Margia Dean ... Saloon Singer
Byron Foulger ... Silver King Room Clerk
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Veronica
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Mrs. Zee James (as Barbara Woodell)
Phillip Pine ... Man in Saloon (as Phil Pine)
Robin Short Robin Short ... Troubadour
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Storyline

While the law hunts him, Jesse James lives quietly in a rented house on the corner of Lafayette and Twenty-first street in St. Joseph, Missouri, under the alias of Tom Howard. His wife Zee begs him to end his association with the Ford brothers. Before they can leave on a "last" bank holdup, Bob learns that his childhood sweetheart, Cynthy Waters, now an actress, is in St. Joe and he brushes aside all caution to see her. Cynthy is beginning to realize that she is a liability to her manager, Harry Kane, because she will not leave Missouri. Meanwhile, John Kelley has come into her life. She pleads with Bob to turn honest. Cynthy tries to get a pardon for Bob, but the best offer she can get is for a 20-year stretch in prison. Then, the Governor offers amnesty and a $10,000 reward to any member of the James gang betraying Jesse. When his chance comes (April 3, 1882)Bob shoots Jesse in the back. He gets the amnesty but the reward is cut to $500. He also loses the love and respect of Cynthy,... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The flaming story of a man who killed his best friend for the love of a woman! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich erschoß Jesse James See more »

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Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in ten days. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse's wife serves bread at dinner, the bread presented has obviously been sliced by a modern bread-slicing machine. Bread-slicing machines were not introduced until 1928. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Bob Ford: I... I want to tell you something I ain't never told anyone. I'm sorry for what I done to Jess.
Cynthy Waters: Oh, Bob!
Bob Ford: I loved him.
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Opening credits are shown as posters hanging on a wall. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Jesse James Song
Written by Billy Gashade
Sung by Robin Short
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Not exactly a full-blown Fuller film, but worth a look
15 July 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Sam Fuller's directorial debut is more of a character study than a traditional western. John Ireland stars as Bob Ford, who kills his friend Jesse James in order to get immunity for his past crimes so that he can settle down with the girl he loves. Wracked with guilt and feelings of inadequacy, Ford pursues the girl in the face of a rival for her heart. Fuller hasn't fully developed his dynamic style yet, in fact, this feels more like a low budget Nicholas Ray film than a Fuller film. A scene where Ford forces a dude to sing the ENTIRE song about Jesse James being killed by "that coward Robert Ford" is priceless and worth the price of admission.


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