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The Return of Jesse James (1950)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 8 September 1950 (USA)
Frank James resents and tries to stop a ruthless drifter who has adopted the name of his dead brother in order to duplicate his crimes.

Director:

Arthur Hilton (as Arthur David Hilton)

Writers:

Jack Natteford (screenplay), Carl K. Hittleman (from an original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ireland ... Johnny Callum
Ann Dvorak ... Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger
Henry Hull ... Hank Younger
Reed Hadley ... Frank James
Hugh O'Brian ... Lem Younger
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Bob Ford
Tommy Noonan ... Charlie Ford (as Tom Noonan)
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Westfield Sheriff Rigby
Margia Dean ... Marge
Sid Melton ... Saloon Waiter-Piano Player
Byron Foulger ... Rufe Dakin
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Elmer Galway
Peter Marshall ... George
Norman Leavitt ... Dr. Hallstrom
Barbara Woodell ... Ann--Frank's Wife
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Storyline

Johnny looks so much like the real Jesse, he is mistaken for him by a grizzled old member of the now deceased James gang. Johnny is talked into leading a new gang to rob banks using the same modus operandi as the famed outlaw. Jesse's brother Frank decides to put a stop to the defamation of his dead brother's name. Johnny and his gang run into trouble when they try to rob the same two banks, simultaneously, that proved to be the downfall of the original gang. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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THE MOST NOTORIOUS NAME IN OUTLAW HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the James Boys See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were no Younger brothers named Hank or Lem, as there are in this film. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon scene Sid Melton says he wants to hear a 'fresh and new' song, "The Camptown Races." The Stephen Foster song was published in 1850, which would making it a 'golden oldie" by 1883. See more »

Quotes

Commissioner Morton: [to Galway and Dakin] I advise you to clean up your house, gentlemen, or a new broom will.
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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(uncredited)
aka " De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster (1850)
Played and sung by Sid Melton and Margia Dean in saloon scene.
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A very good 'film noir' western
28 October 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

Ireland is the Jesse James look-alike that tries to out-do the famed gangster. Hadley is Frank James, determined to preserve his dead brothers reputation. This is a tight little western that moves at a nice pace, featuring fine action from a notable supporting cast. Although not as dark and moody as "I Shot Jesse James"(1949), with Ireland back in the lead, this makes a nice companion piece from Lippert Pictures.


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