The True Story of Jesse James

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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. The DVD contains vintage Movietone Newsreels along with the original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Fox Movietone News:; Weterner Claims He Is Jesse James!; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • UPC: 024543244455
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,745

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Wagner Jesse James
Jeffrey Hunter Frank James
Hope Lange Zee
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Samuel
Alan Hale Jr. Cole Younger
John Carradine Rev. Jethro Bailey
Rachel Stephens Anne
Biff Elliot Jim Younger
Frank Overton Maj. Cobb
Barry Atwater Attorney Walker
Marian Seldes Rowina Cobb
Chubby Johnson Askew
Frank Gorshin Charley
Carl Thayler Robby
John Doucette Hillstrom
Robert Adler Sheriff Trump
Clancy Cooper Sheriff Yoe
Sumner Williams Bill Stiles
Tom Greenway Deputy Leo
Jason Wingreen Peter
Aaron Saxon Wiley
Anthony Ray Bob Younger
Clegg Hoyt Tucker
Thomas Pittman Hughie
Joe di Reda Bill Eyan
Alan Baxter Remington
Barney Phillips Dr. Samuel
Mike Steen Deputy Ed
Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Addison Hehr Art Director
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Newman Screenwriter
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Richards Asst. Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Herbert Bayard Swope Jr. Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer
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Disc #1 -- The True Story of Jesse James
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      Get Jesse James!
      Main Titles
      A Daring Escape
      Same Story, Same Result
      Upping the Reward
      The Younger Brothers
      What a Mother Remembers
      Jesse and Zee
      Praying for the Good People
      Southern Pride
      Time for Love
      Where Our Luck Turned Bad
      The Trial of Bill Ryan
      Big Enough to Corrupt
      Public Outcry
      Amnesty and Revenge
      The Bank at Northfield
      A Dispute Among Brothers
      Games Children Play
      The True Story of Jesse James
   Special Features
      Fox Movietone News: "Westerner Claims He Is Jesse James!"
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix
         Jesse James
         100 Rifles
         Two Flags West
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