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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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Trivia

Final film of Ward Bond. 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

Milford Farnsworth: I'm deeply honored by your obvious affection for me, Princess, but, I'm not your type, honest Injun.
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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

Protection
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Bud Burtson
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Paleface 3? Not quite, but a very enjoyable Hope picture it be.
27 July 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Bumbling buffoon insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells notorious outlaw Jesse James a $100,000 policy. When his boss finds out who the customer is, he dispatches Farnsworth after James in the hope of buying back the policy, he also gives strict orders that Farnsworth must ensure that James comes to no harm.

Bob Hope sells Jesse James an insurance policy! that alone should prepare you for what type of picture this is. There is nothing out of the ordinary here that we haven't seen before in most other Hope vehicles, and as a huge fan of "The Paleface" and the even better "Son Of Paleface", I would point readers to those pictures by way of them being far better. However, "Alias" has some fine moments that keep it way above average, in fact for visual gags alone this picture scores higher than most of Hope's better known comedies. Be it a steaming alcohol fuelled hat or a magic mushroomed fed horse, there is still much fun to be had as Hope plays out his winning formula.

Along for the ride is the supremely sexy Rhonda Fleming as Jesse James' gal, Cora Lee Collins, and as James himself we get Wendell Corey looking as though he is rather enjoying himself. The final reel of this film is now something of legend as we get to play spot the genre star during a protracted shoot out, stars such as Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers & Gail Davis join Bing Crosby to close the picture on a mightily high point. 6.5/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Hope Enterprises See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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