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The True Story of Jesse James Details


Actually, this retelling of the life of outlaw Jesse James is only as true as its predecessor, the highly fanciful 1939 Tyrone Power-Henry Fonda starrer Jesse James. Generous chunks of stock footage from the earlier film are reused here, albeit reframed to accommodate the CinemaScope process. Robert Wagner makes an interesting James, though he is upstaged throughout by Jeffrey Hunter as his brother Frank. Adhering to the Canon, the film insists that the James boys were forced into a life of crime by greedy railroad men -- hence, their ongoing vendetta against trains. Director Nicholas Ray adds a few psychological nuances not found in the more prosaic 1939 film. John Carradine, who played "dirty little coward" Bob Ford in the original Jesse James, appears in the remake as Rev. Jethro Bailey. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Wagner
as Jesse James
Jeffrey Hunter
as Frank James
Hope Lange
as Zee
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Samuel
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Cole Younger
John Carradine
as Rev. Jethro Bailey
Rachel Stephens
as Anne
Biff Elliot
as Jim Younger
Frank Overton
as Maj. Cobb
Barry Atwater
as Attorney Walker
Marian Seldes
as Rowina Cobb
Chubby Johnson
as Askew
Frank Gorshin
as Charley
Carl Thayler
as Robby
John Doucette
as Hillstrom
Robert Adler
as Sheriff Trump
Clancy Cooper
as Sheriff Yoe
Sumner Williams
as Bill Stiles
Jason Wingreen
as Peter
Aaron Saxon
as Wiley
Clegg Hoyt
as Tucker
Alan Baxter
as Remington
Barney Phillips
as Dr. Samuel
Mike Steen
as Deputy Ed
Barney Phillips
as Dr. Samuel
Alan Baxter
as Remington


Nicholas Ray
Walter Newman
Joe MacDonald
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Addison Hehr
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer

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