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Alias Jesse James (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 20 March 1959 (USA)
Outlaw T.J. "Jesse" James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth, who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Robert St. Aubrey (story), Bert Lawrence (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Milford Farnsworth
Rhonda Fleming ... Cora Lee Collins
Wendell Corey ... Jesse James
Gloria Talbott ... Princess Irawanie (as Gloria Talbot)
Jim Davis ... Frank James
Will Wright ... Titus Queasley
Mary Young ... 'Ma' James
Mickey Finn ... Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson Bob Gunderson ... James Gang Member
Fred Kohler Jr. ... James Gang Member (as Fred Kohler)
Ethan Laidlaw ... James Gang Member
Glenn Strange ... James Gang Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry (scenes deleted)
James Garner ... Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Inept insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells a man a $100,000 policy. When his boss learns the man was Jesse James he sends Milford after him with money to buy back the policy. After a masked Jesse robs Milford of the money, Milford's boss heads out with more money. Jesse learns about it and plans to rob him, have Milford dressed as him get killed in the robbery, and then collect the $100,000. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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This town ain't big enough for both of us ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Schuß und 50 Tote See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hope Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final cinema film of James Arness. See more »

Goofs

At the James' farm, Milford kills a gila monster. The gila monster is found only in the deserts of the American southwest and northwest Mexico. Jesse James's farm was in Missouri (in both the film and real life). See more »

Quotes

Tonto (Jay Silverheels): Paleface bite dust!
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Alternate Versions

In various literary sources (Citadel press' "The Films of Gary Cooper" for one), both Gene Autry and James Garner are quoted making cameo appearances in the film, but neither is to be found in the present US video version. See more »

Connections

References Gunsmoke (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't-a-Hankerin'
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Bud Burtson
Sung by Bob Hope and Rhonda Flemming
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Great sight gags!
3 December 2002 | by johnerickettsSee all my reviews

This movie was tied up for years due to royalty rights since 11 cowboy stars of the late '50s appear in cameos helping Bob Hope in the final shootout. Note that Gene Autry and James Garner do not appear in the current product, though they were in the original.

Then there is an owl-eyed kid named Harry Truman playing the piano. Bob clubs a gila monster ("The mice sure grow big around here"), then realizes he used a rattlesnake.

I've shown this tape to many people, and all agree it's the best Bob Hope movie and one of the funniest movies they've ever seen.


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