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.

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.

Jesse James

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Henry King; Producer Nunnally Johnson (assoc.); Screenplay Nunnally Johnson; Camera George Barnes, W. Howard Greene; Editor Barbara McLean; Music Louis Silvers (dir.); Art Director William Darling, George Dudley

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Tyrone Power Henry Fonda Nancy Kelly Randolph Scott Brian Donlevy John Carradine
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