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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Milford Farnsworth
... Cora Lee Collins
... Jesse James
... Princess Irawanie (as Gloria Talbot)
... Frank James
... Titus Queasley
... 'Ma' James
... Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson ... James Gang Member
... James Gang Member (as Fred Kohler)
... James Gang Member
... James Gang Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Gene Autry (scenes deleted)
... Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)
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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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Ein Schuß und 50 Tote  »

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Trivia

Final cinema film of James Arness. See more »

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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

Titus Queasley: Farnsworth, what do you expect to achieve with such crass ineptitude, such utter incompetence, such colossal stupidity?
Milford Farnsworth: Well, I was hoping to become your assistant.
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References The Gene Autry Show (1950) See more »

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Protection
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Bud Burtson
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Alias Jesse James-Nothing New for Bob Hope **1/2
26 January 2008 | by See 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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