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The James Boys in Missouri

  • Runtime: 18 min.


To many filmgoers in 1908, outlaws Frank and Jesse James were still contemporary figures. Essanay's The James Boys in Missouri tried in its brief 18 minutes to offer an accurate account of the life and times of these two reprobates and their confederates. Still, taking into consideration the fact that some viewers thought of the Jameses in sympathetic terms, the film was never too "hard" on its protagonists. When the actor playing Frank James was shown surrendering to the actor playing the Governor of...more