Jesse James, notorious train and bank bandit of the late 19th century, and an important figure in the history of the midwest frontier, gets a drastic bleaching. Script by Nunnally Johnson is an excellent chore, nicely mixing human interest, dramatic suspense, romance and fine characterizations for swell entertainment.
Tyrone Power capably carries the title spot, but is pressed by Henry Fonda as his brother.
Story follows historical fact [assembled by Rosalind Schaeffer and Jo Frances James] close enough with allowance for dramatic license, hitting sidelights of James in his brushes with the law. Initial train holdup is vividly presented, with all other robberies left to imagination.
Picture starts with foreword on the ruthless manner in which railroads acquired farms for right-of-way through midwest.