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The True Story of Jesse James [DVD] [1957]

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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    Overview

    Special Features


    • Fox Movietone News:
    • Weterner Claims He Is Jesse James!
    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    The True Story of Jesse James
    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert Wagner
      Robert Wagner - Jesse James
    • Jeffrey Hunter
      Jeffrey Hunter - Frank James
    • Hope Lange
      Hope Lange - Zee
    • Agnes Moorehead
      Agnes Moorehead - Mrs. Samuel
    • Alan Hale, Jr.
      Alan Hale, Jr. - Cole Younger



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