Jesse James (1939)

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    • Jesse James (1939)


      20th. CENTURY FOX

      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      The railroads are squeezing farmers off their land.
      When a railroad agent kills their mother, Frank and Jesse James take up robbing banks and trains. The public regard them as heroes. When Jesse retires his erstwhile friend Robert Ford shoots him in the back to get the reward.
      Written by Ed Stephan

      Tyrone Power ... Jesse Woodson James
      Henry Fonda ... Frank James
      Nancy Kelly ... Zerelda 'Zee' Cobb, later Zerelda 'Zee' James
      Randolph Scott ... Marshall Will Wright
      Henry Hull ... Major Rufus Cobb
      Slim Summerville ... Jailer
      J. Edward Bromberg ... Mr. Runyan
      Brian Donlevy ... Barshee
      John Carradine ... Bob Ford
      Donald Meek ... Mc Coy
      Johnny Russell ... Jesse James Jr. (as John Russell)
      Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Samuels - Jesse's mother
      Charles Tannen ... Charles Ford
      Claire Du Brey ... Mrs. Bob Ford
      Willard Robertson ... Clarke
      Harold Goodwin ... Bill
      Ernest Whitman ... Pinkie
      Eddy Waller ... Deputy
      Paul E. Burns ... Hank (as Paul Burns)
      Spencer Charters ... Minister
      Arthur Aylesworth ... Tom Colson
      Charles Middleton ... Doctor
      Charles Halton ... Heywood (Credits) / Layworth
      George Chandler ... Roy
      Harry Tyler ... Farmer
      Virginia Brissac ... Boy's Mother
      Edward LeSaint ... Judge Rankin (as Ed Le Saint)
      John Elliott ... Judge Mathews
      Erville Alderson ... Old Marshal
      George P. Breakston ... Farmer Boy (as George Breakston)
      Lon Chaney Jr. ... One of James Gang
      And many others

      Writing credits
      Nunnally Johnson (original screenplay)
      Hal Long (story contributor) uncredited
      Gene Fowler (contributing writer) uncredited and
      Curtis Kenyon (contributing writer) uncredited

      * A scene in which a horse falls to its death from a cliff, and the subsequent public outcry, led to the American Humane Association (AHA) overseeing filmmaking through its new Film and TV Unit. Eventually they introduced the now-familiar AHA certification, "No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture."

      * Irving Cummings filled in as director from 14 October 1938 to 24 October 1938, when Henry King was bed-ridden from a swelling in his ear.

      * The film shows both Jesse and Frank going off the cliff on horseback. In reality the stunt was performed once and shot with two cameras.

      * In the scene where a wagon and its two horses go over the edge of a 75-foot cliff into the river below, the stuntman driving the wagon wasn't hurt, but the two horses were killed.

      * While shooting his role in the Ozarks, Lon Chaney Jr. fell off his horse during a chase and was trampled by the horse behind him. He was not injured badly - he managed to finish his scenes that day. But director Henry King, blaming Chaney's nightly drinking for the mishap, fired him, and he was dropped by his studio (20th Century Fox.)

      * Crew or equipment visible: After they get Jesse out of jail, in the head-on shot of Frank and Jesse riding while being chased by the posse, road dust from the camera truck is visible ahead of them.

      * Factual errors: The movie shows a bomb killing Frank and Jesse's mother. In reality, the "bomb" thrown through the window by the Pinkertons killed their little brother and seriously wounded their mother. She survived, however, although she lost an arm in the attack.

      * Continuity: On the river bank, when Jesse James bids farewell to Pinkie, the latter changes place, from beside the mule, with his hand on its back, to the front of the mule, holding the rein, between shots.

      Filming locations
      Lake Ozark, Missouri, USA
      Noel, Missouri, USA
      Pineville, Missouri, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Jesse James (1939)

      Jesse James (1939) is a western film directed by Henry King
      and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly and Randolph Scott.
      Written by Nunnally Johnson, the film is loosely based on the life of Jesse James,
      the notorious outlaw from whom the film derives its name.
      It is "notorious for its historical inaccuracy."
      The supporting cast features Henry Hull, John Carradine,
      Brian Donlevy, Jane Darwell and Lon Chaney, Jr..

      The American Humane Association began to oversee filmmaking
      after a horse died when it was driven off a cliff on set.

      I thought this was a great movie.
      The film was criticised for glamorising such a notorious gang,
      and for the death of some horses,
      which in turn brought about strict new rules for animal saftey.
      When it was released it was outshone by other big releases,
      but over a period of time, it has established itself as a classic western.
      It had all a western required, excitement, romance
      plenty of gun play and a great screenplay, about real life events.

      Tyrone Power as Jesse James, was brilliant in this film
      and acted better than he had done before.
      However it was genuinely agreed, that he was outshone,
      by Henry Fonda, in the role of Frank James.
      Randolph Scott played a good supporting role,
      and Henry Hull was superb as the fussing editor.
      Even the sequel The Return Of Frank James,
      was an excellent movie
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Jesse James (1939)

      Like many movies from back in the 30's and 40's, historical accuracy takes a back seat to great entertainment and, that's what this movie was, great entertainment. I always watch this when I run across it on TCM. Power and Fonda were perfect as Jesse and Frank, Nancy Kelly looked as good as ever, Henry Hull stole the movie as the newpaper editor and friend of the James brothers, Randolph Scott was Randolph Scott, and John Carradine, Donald Meek and, J Edward Bromberg were great as the sleazy trio of Bob Ford, Mr. McCoy and, the RR detective Runyan.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Jesse James (1939)

      DukePilgrim wrote:

      Who did do the film score by the way?

      Apparently Original Music was by
      Louis Silvers- musical director
      but a lot of the music used was
      stock music composed by
      Cyril J. Mockridge

      Who scored Duke's
      Donovan's Reef and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Jesse James (1939)

      Jesse James was a distant cousin of mine. He was an older second cousin of my maternal grandpa. Thank goodness, my grandpa didn't follow in Jesse's footsteps.

      I've got both the old James films on disc. They're both excellent movies.
      De gustibus non est disputandum

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    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      Jesse James 1939- Tyrone Powell, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott. Very good movie about a
      not so good subject. Beautiful Technicolor.
      It was a very popular movie at the time. Randolph was a big guy.
      "A people that values their Privileges above it's Principles. Soon looses both." Dwight Eisenhower