The Return of Jesse James (1950)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Return of Jesse James is an excellent example of how to get full value for money from an attenuated budget. John Ireland plays Johnny, a bank robber who closely resembles the late Jesse James. As Johnny's crime spree spreads, so do rumors that Jesse is still alive. This forces Jesse's brother Frank (Reed Hadley) to emerge from hiding to put an end to Johnny's activities once and for all. The faultless supporting cast includes Henry Hull as Ireland's partner in crime, and Ann Dvorak as Hull's enigmatic sister. Hard to believe that Lippert Films, a company generally associated with time-filling quickies, could turn out something as accomplished as Return of Jesse James.

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bank, brother, citizen, death, doubt, family, gangster, gunfighter, impersonation, justice, leader, lookalike, mistaken-identity, outlaw [Western], robbery, rumors, townspeople, tracking [following]