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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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Taglines:

BOB HOPE As the Most Wanted TRIGGER in the West! RHONDA FLEMING As the Most Wanted FIGGER in the West! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

He clearly sells the policy to Jesse James during a lunchtime session in the bar (broad daylight, and a sign reading 'Free Lunch'), and his boss tells him to take the rest of the day off. But when the boss points out that he's just sold a life policy to a notorious gangster, he says "Not once during the evening did he mention..." See more »

Quotes

Cowboy: Yup!
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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 »

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Referenced in Rhonda Fleming: A Cinderella Story (2008) See more »

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Alias Jesse James
Lyrics by 'By' Dunham (as William D. Dunham)
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Great Bob Hope Film
25 January 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this very funny Western Film with Bob Hope, ( Milford Farnsworth) starring as a life insurance salesman who sells a policy to Jesse James, (Wendell Corey) the famous gangster cowboy. Milford Farnswoth also follows Jesse James West to see that Jesse stays alive. Milford gets himself adjusted to the West and meets up with a very pretty young woman named Cora Lee Collins, (Rhonda Fleming). Cora Lee happens to be the saloon singer and girlfriend of Jesse James and Milford gets himself involved with a marriage ceremony and makes a good job of having the Bride run away with him and the funny thing is that Jesse James future wife Cora Lee happens to be the bride. There are plenty of cameos of famous actors in this film, namely: Trigger, the horse of Roy Rogers and Roy Rogers, James Arness, Ward Bond, Gary Cooper and Bing Crosby. This is a great entertaining film and you will not want to miss this film if you have never view this film. Enjoy.


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