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No studio was better than Darryl Zanuck's 20th Century-Fox at dishing out lovingly textured Americana, of which this movie is a prime example. The outlaw gets canonized as an American Robin Hood, an honest farmer who, with post-Civil War Missouri overrun by corrupt agents of the Railroad, had no choice but to start robbing banks and trains to achieve a measure of social justice the System wouldn't provide. Tyrone Power as Jesse is quietly out-acted by Fox's emerging star Henry Fonda as brother Frank. The supporting cast is solid--Randolph Scott, Nancy Kelly, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine (as Bob Ford), Jane Darwell, Donald Meek--but the liveliest thing in the movie is Henry Hull, playing a newspaperman whose editorials invariably prescribe that whomever he's denouncing be "taken out and shot like dawgs." Fonda, Hull, and Carradine re-created their roles the following year in The Return of Frank James. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This arrived just ahead of time, packed in a bubble envelope for protection. Being new I'm sure when I play it, it will be alright.Published 14 months ago by Just me
I have seen and owe all the other Jesse James films, from all the other ones I have seen, this 1939 film is one of my second "favourite". Excellent teleplay!!! Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2012 by Michelina Iuliano
.....Yes this has Henry Fonda & Tyrone Power, the darlings of the studio at the time, but the story is so botched & over the top. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2011 by Richard Weik
Whatever significance this film has, it derives from the stellar cast. Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda do a credible job portraying Jesse and Frank James despite a screenplay that... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by John Flora