Jesse James

  • U
  • Henry King, Irving Cummings (1939)
  • US
  • 105 min
Jesse James
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This western virtually canonises notorious outlaw Jesse James, here sympathetically portrayed by Tyrone Power as a glamorous Robin Hood-style figure of the old west, riding out to right wrongs alongside his brother Frank, played by Henry Fonda. The rich 20th Century-Fox Technicolor is superb, and whether the real Jesse was as dashing or handsome as Power is irrelevant: this is stirring stuff, brilliantly directed by Henry King, one of the great masters of on-screen Americana, though would it have looked any different if the great John Ford had made it? Nunnally Johnson's screenplay ignores most of the facts, but who cares. The legend lives on.

Plot Summary

Western starring Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda as Jesse and Frank James, who intervene when railroad agents try to intimidate their mother into selling the family's Missouri farm. But the henchmen return when the brothers are away from home.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jesse James
Tyrone Power
Frank James
Henry Fonda
Zee
Nancy Kelly
Will Wright
Randolph Scott
Major Rufus Cobb
Henry Hull
Barshee
Brian Donlevy
Bob Ford
John Carradine
Mrs Samuels
Jane Darwell
McCoy
Donald Meek
Jailer
Slim Summerville

Crew

Director
Henry King
Director
Irving Cummings

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video
Certificate U
Categories
Drama