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I Shot Jesse James ()


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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.

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Kelley
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Cynthy
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Bob Ford
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Jesse James
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Kane
Victor Kilian ...
Soapy
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Frank James
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Charles Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Eddie Dunn ...
Joe
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Saloon Singer
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Silver King Room Clerk
Jeni Le Gon ...
Veronica
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Mrs. Zee James
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Man in Saloon (as Phil Pine)
Robin Short ...
Troubadour
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Willie Bloom ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Gene Collins ...
Young Gunslinger (uncredited)
Albert Glasser ...
Musician (uncredited)
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Livery Stableman (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Mickey Ireland ...
Gang Member (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Low ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Marshal Craig (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Play Spectator (uncredited)
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Bank Cashier (uncredited)
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St. Joseph Saloon Bartender (uncredited)
Britt Wood ...
Play Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Samuel Fuller

Written by

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Samuel Fuller ... (written by)
 
Homer Croy ... (article in American Weekly magazine)
 
Robert Gardner ... () (uncredited)

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Carl K. Hittleman ... producer
Robert L. Lippert ... executive producer

Music by

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Albert Glasser

Cinematography by

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Ernest Miller

Editorial Department

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Paul Landres ... editorial supervisor

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Yolanda Molinari ... (as Yolando Molinari)

Art Direction by

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Frank Hotaling

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John McCarthy Jr. ... (as John McCarthy)
James Redd

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Alfred Berke

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Peggy Gray ... hair stylist
Bob Mark ... makeup artist

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John Grubbs ... assistant director (as Johnny Grubbs)

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T.A. Carman ... sound
Harry Coswick ... sound effects
Howard Wilson ... sound

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Ray Mercer ... special effects

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Chuck Roberson ... stunt double: Reed Hadley (uncredited)

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Archie R. Dalzell ... camera operator (uncredited)
Milton Gold ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Moree Herring ... script clerk
Murray Lerner ... assistant to producer
Robert L. Lippert ... presenter
Stanley Price ... dialogue coach
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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, but he blames John Kelley. Bob, needing money, joins Kane's show in an act showing how he killed Jesse James, but the act is a miserable flop. Bob goes to crowded Creede, Colorado, scene of a silver boom.There, he has to share a room with another prospector, who turns out to be Kelley. The next morning, Kelley and a diamond ring that Bob had bought for Cynthy are both gone. While hunting for Kelley, Bob meets an aged prospector, Soapy, who takes him in as a partner. They strike it rich and Bob sends for Cynthy, who arrives accompanied by her maid and Kane, and Bob meets the arriving party. Kelley also shows up, dragging a hotel clerk who admits to stealing the ring. Kelley is surprised to find Cynthy with Bob and thinks they are married. He is relieved to learn the truth and soon accepts the job of Creede's town Marshal. Cynthy admits to Kelley that she does not love Bob, but she feels responsible for his having killed Jesse. Frank James comes to her hotel suite demanding that Cynthy tell him where Bob is. Kelley disarms him and locks him in jail. Days later, Bob and Soapy and others are celebrating in the hotel bar, awaiting news of the verdict on Frank James. The news of his acquittal and Frank himself arrive simultaneously, and Frank, who holds the upper hand informs Bob of Kelley's and Cynthy's relationship, knowing its effect on Bob would be worse than death. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines THE THRILLING AND COLORFUL LAST DAYS OF AMERICA'S MOST FABULOUS OUTLAW...POWERFULLY WRITTEN IN GUNSMOKE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • J'ai tué Jesse James (France)
  • Balas vengadoras (Spain)
  • Ich erschoß Jesse James (West Germany)
  • Matei Jesse James (Brazil)
  • Ho ucciso Jess il bandito (Italy)
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Samuel Fuller said that he wanted to make this picture because, unlike many filmmakers in Hollywood, he did not see the real Jesse James as a "folk hero" or someone to be admired. Fuller saw him as a cold-blooded psychopath who shot down women, children, the elderly, the helpless (his gang once stopped a Union hospital train and executed every wounded federal soldier on it) and, in Fuller's words, Bob Ford "did something that should have been done quite a bit earlier in the life of Jesse Woodson James". See more »
Goofs During the final shootout the background lighting on the closeups and master shots of John Ireland do not match. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Gunfighters of the Old West (1992). See more »
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Crazy Credits Opening credits are shown as posters hanging on a wall. See more »
Quotes John Kelley: Miss Waters, don't be worried about me losing any money in your show. I don't have any, but I'd still like to talk to you again.
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