6.3/10
972
23 user 17 critic

The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Crime | February 1957 (USA)
Biopic loosely based on the last 18 years of Jesse James' life and focused on the relationship between brothers Jesse and Frank James.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (earlier screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Run for Cover (1955)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mistaken for train robbers, Matt Dow and Davey Bishop are shot at by the sheriff and his posse but they are cleared and hired as lawmen.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek
The Egg and I (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An ornithologist battles a family of bird poachers in the Florida Everglades.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Budd Schulberg
Stars: Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Chana Eden
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado
Party Girl (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Lawyer Thomas Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gayle encourages him to improve his reputation, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb
Swashbuckler (1976)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pirate and a hot-tempered noblewoman join forces to protect Jamaica from a tyrant.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle
Broken Lance (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the first major naval battle of the Second World War, the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch
The Bravados (1958)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries.

Director: Elijah Drenner
Stars: Dick Miller, Lainie Miller, Gilbert Adler
Silver Lode (1954)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Silver Lode, Dan Ballard is arrested by 4 Marshals for murder and theft but he denies the charges and searches for the real culprit even as the townsfolk start abandoning him.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesse James
... Frank James
... Zee James
... Mrs. Samuel
... Cole Younger (as Alan Hale)
... Barney Remington
... Rev. Jethro Bailey
... Anne James
... Dr. Samuel
... Jim Younger
... Maj. Rufus Cobb
... Attorney Walker
... Rowena Cobb
... Arkew
... Charley Ford
Edit

Storyline

The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders, his career of banditry with his brother Frank and the Younger brothers, and his attempt to lead a peaceful life after the disastrous attempt to rob the bank at Northfield, Minn. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They didn't dare tell this story before!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jesse James  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,585,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Carradine plays Rev. Bailey in this re-make. He played Robert Ford in the 1939 original production. His sons David Carradine, Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine play the Younger brothers in The Long Riders (1980), another film about the James-Younger Gang. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie the sheriff and his men wait to attack the James gang do to heavy rain. Once the rain stops the posse proceeds by crossing a bridge over a completely dry, dusty stream bed and dirt road. See more »

Connections

Features Jesse James (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
'As the rewards go higher, your friends grow fewer.'
21 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

As an actor, Robert Wagner has shown remarkable staying power, especially when one considers that his success in the cinema was effected almost entirely through his dark, boyish good looks…

In "The True Story of Jesse James", Robert Wagner (Jesse) is proud of his name… His name means something, especially when those Yankee bankers hear it, they start shaking… Jesse James was the shooting spokesman for everyone whose life was quietly desperate… To ones, he was a thief… To others he was already becoming a legend, one that kindles a fire in their hearts…

Jesse has planned the very last robbery perfectly to make enough money to retire on… But in spite that he never struck a bank in Northfield, the Minnesota banks were anxiously waiting for him… So something went wrong…

Mrs. Samuel (Agnes Moorehead) recalls the past… The Yankees came riding down on her farm, and her neighbors dragged her out of the kitchen… Her elder son Frank (Jeffrey Hunter) was fighting for the South… The State of Missouri has taken sides with the North… Any man from this state who joins the South was considered a traitor…

For Zee (Hope Lange), Jesse had a dream for the future… But that night, his neighbors, who were Northern sympathizers, broke his reverie…

All begins when the war has sapped the two brothers and their friends bone-dry… Every bank in the state of Missouri was owned by a Yankee man who hates their hide and wants them to get out… Those banks have got a lot of Northern money rolling in… Jesse wanted one or two robberies to get enough money to leave for his mother, for his sweetheart, for protecting the farm… But then he becomes addicted to the exciting life of robbing banks and trains…

The film—well paced by director Nicholas Ray—was beautifully acted by all its stars…


22 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial