1972 / Glendale Train / New Riders of the Purple Sage
Jesse James was a smash hit and the fourth largest-grossing film of 1939, behind Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and in front of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
That's a hell of a year for Movies - those are 4 Classics.
A sequel, The Return of Frank James, directed by Fritz Lang and with Henry Fonda reprising his role as Frank James along with a variety of other actors playing the same characters as they had in Jesse James,
was released in 1940.
It seems almost daily that somebody finds another photo
of Jesse James or Billy the Kid.
A lot are fakes or false of course, but even some that
are authentic are so bizarre that you have shake your head.
Like this one with Robert Ford (Jesse assassin)
and Jesse himself seated together.
It's rather amazing.
And is that a top knot on Jesse's head?
I wanted to post an authentic Jesse James "Wanted Poster" here,
but I couldn't identify even one that I can confidence in.
I woulda put my money on The Kid.
Between 1921 and 2007 we count 28 movies about Jesse James
or where Jesse James was a prominent character.
Between 1911 and 2011 we count 23 movies about Billy the Kid
or where Billy the Kid was a prominent character.
If this was a football game, The Kid needs a touchdown.
But it's not a football game.
It's the stories of two killers. Two men driven to violence and killing ...
who have become Western folk heroes.
Until they were assassinated by their friends.
The movie was criticized for Historical inaccuracies.
Not that I care. It is not a documentary.
Jesse James (1939) was the 4th movie about Jesse James.
The Epic Story of the most Colourful Outlaw who ever lived
Young Tyrone Power (age 25) as Jesse James
Henry Fonda (age 34) as Frank James
Randolph Scott (aged 41) as Will Wright
Nancy Kelly as Zerelda "Zee" James
John Carradine (age 33) was backshooter Bob Ford
The whole film can be watched in 720 resolution and glorious Technicolor on YouTube:
Upcoming ... More Tyrone Power and Jesse James
"When you hear a strange sound, drop to the ground".
Thot I'd trot back and fill in a bit on some of My pages. John Ford's classic My Darling Clementine has been undated. Not all content is new, but I hope to add some fresh materials as able.
Quite a few of My pages need some work also. Such as,
The Last of the Mohicans.
Much to do ...