The Return of Frank James (1940)

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    Plot Summary
    Frank James sets out to find the men who killed his brother.
    When the killers are pardoned, he takes matters into his own hands.
    The reporter who hopes to tell his story winds up in love with him.
    Written by Ed Stephan

    Full Cast
    Henry Fonda ... Frank James
    Gene Tierney ... Eleanor Stone
    Jackie Cooper ... Clem
    Henry Hull ... Major Rufus Cobb
    John Carradine ... Bob Ford
    J. Edward Bromberg ... George Runyan
    Donald Meek ... McCoy
    Eddie Collins ... Station Agent
    George Barbier ... Judge
    Russell Hicks ... Prosecutor
    Ernest Whitman ... Pinky
    Charles Tannen ... Charlie Ford
    Lloyd Corrigan ... Randolph Stone
    Victor Kilian ... Preacher
    Edward McWade ... Colonel Jackson
    George Chandler ... Roy
    Irving Bacon ... Bystander
    Frank Shannon ... Sheriff
    Barbara Pepper ... Nellie Blane
    Louis Mason ... Watchman
    Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Mose (as Stymie Beard)
    William Pawley ... Actor
    Frank Sully ... Actor
    Davison Clark ... Officer (as Davidson Clark)
    Bob Battier ... Actor playing Frank James (uncredited)
    A.S. 'Pop' Byron ... Train Engineer (uncredited)
    Kernan Cripps ... Deputy (uncredited)
    Lester Dorr ... Reporter (uncredited)
    Edmund Elton ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
    Budd Fine ... Deputy (uncredited)
    Almeda Fowler ... Mrs. Edna Stone (uncredited)
    Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
    Milton Kibbee ... Reporter (uncredited)
    Kermit Maynard ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
    Nelson McDowell ... Juror - Confederate Veteran (uncredited)
    Robert McKenzie ... Old Man on Rocker (uncredited)
    Lew Meehan ... Bailiff (uncredited)
    Frank Melton ... Reporter (uncredited)
    Adrian Morris ... Denver Detective (uncredited)
    James C. Morton ... Liberty Bartender (uncredited)
    Hattie Noel ... Denver House Chambermaid (uncredited)
    Lee Phelps ... Denver House Bartender (uncredited)
    Tex Phelps ... Front-Row Play Spectator (uncredited)
    Russ Powell ... Juror (uncredited)
    Dale Van Sickel ... Reporter (uncredited)
    Lillian Yarbo ... Eleanor's Maid (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Sam Hellman (original screenplay)

    Original Music
    David Buttolph (uncredited)

    George Barnes

    The studio bought the rights to the James Brothers
    but changed the facts for entertainment. Although Frank surrendered 6
    months after Jesse James' murder, both Ford brothers were already dead
    and Frank had nothing to do with their deaths.

    The original treatment had Frank romantically interested in the reporter
    played by Gene Tierney, but the studio became fearful of a possible lawsuit
    by Frank's widow and/or son, so it was eliminated from the script.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Bishop, California, USA
    Lone Pine, California, USA
    Sonora, California, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Return of Frank James is a 1940 western film directed by Fritz Lang
    and starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney.
    It is a sequel to Henry King's 1939 film Jesse James.
    Written by Sam Hellman, the film loosely follows the life of Frank James
    following the death of his outlaw brother, Jesse James at the hands
    of the Ford brothers. The film is universally considered historically inaccurate,
    but was a commercial success and is notable as being the first motion
    picture for the actress Gene Tierney,
    who plays a reporter for the newspaper The Denver Star.

    This like the earlier film Jesse James , The Return was totally historically inaccurate.
    However don't that let that put you off, what is a fantastic western.
    I enjoyed both these films and they remain big favourites of mine.

    User Review


    This is just a western, not a history lesson.
    3 November 1999 | by FISHER L. FORREST (Jacksonville, Oregon, USA)
    Don't allow the fact that this film is pure fiction (aside from the murder of Jesse by Robert Ford) to mar your enjoyment of it as a bang-up good revenge western. Just as in JESSE JAMES, the writers here preferred to stick to the things that never happened! There is plenty of truth in the background, though, depicting the rapaciousness of the burgeoning railroad industry and the yankee carpetbaggers. As to what really happened to Frank and Bob, the facts about Bob are just as dramatic as the fiction of this film. Frank did retire from crime, surrendered to the law after Jesse's murder and was either never charged, or was acquitted of complicity in Jesse's many crimes. He tried various things, including farming, and a short stint as a "floor walker" in Sanger Brothers department store in Dallas, Texas. Apparently he died with his boots "off". "Little Robert Ford" did go into show business, dramatizing how he shot down the dangerous outlaw bravely in a showdown gunfight(!). Eventually, he wound up as the owner of a saloon in Creed, Colorado. Here he was murdered much the same way he had murdered Jesse (in the back) by a man who held a grudge against him. Some say the man did it in revenge for Jesse's murder, but that is likely just speculation. Gene Tierney and the scenery are beautifully photographed in gorgeous technicolor throughout.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().