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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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Make way for 'Drag-a-long' HOPE ! 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

The last period film made by Bob Hope. The rest of his films were contemporary comedies. 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

Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian): That got him!
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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 Maverick (1957) 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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Alias Jesse James-Nothing New for Bob Hope **1/2
26 January 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Funny film as Bob Hope portrays insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth. As Wendell Corey, who portrays James asks, "What's a Milford Farnsworth?"

As far as I'm concerned, Mary Young as Ma James steals this picture as the soft spoken mother of the outlaw who only wants her Jesse to eat a good breakfast before he goes out to steal. With her sing-song voice, Ma comes across as a kindly old lady only to resort to the shotgun when Rhonda Fleming jumps ship in her wedding dress and flees with Hope.

The plot is hilarious. The inept Farnsworth sells James an insurance policy and James in turn plans to have Hope dressed like him, and killed so that he can enjoy the $100,000 that the policy is worth. What's even funnier is that dance hall queen Cora Lee, Fleming, falls for Hope.

The picture provides good laughs and was appropriate for the 1950s light comedies with Hope.


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