I Shot Jesse James


I Shot Jesse James

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Stylish western in which Bob Ford, the killer of legendary outlaw Jesse James, who winds up re-enacting the killing as part of a stage show! First film from writer/director Samuel Fuller.


John Ireland
as Bob Ford
Preston S. Foster
as John Kelley
Barbara Britton
as Cynthy Waters
Reed Hadley
as Jesse James
Barbara Woodell
as Mrs. Zee James
Tom Tyler
as Frank James
Tommy Noonan
as Charles Ford
Byron Foulger
as Room Clerk
Eddie Dunn
as Bartender
Robin Short
as Troubadour
Phillip Pine
as Man in Saloon
Gene Collins
as Young Man Who Tries to Kill Bob Ford
Margia Dean
as Saloon Singer
Chuck Roberson
as Reed Hadley's Double
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  • Nov 02, 2011
    As the legendary Samuel Fuller's debut film, "I Shot Jesse James" is a western with Fuller's trademark close-up shots and psychological aspects as well as the use of newspaper pages displaying various events. The film is filled with complete characters, especially John Ireland as Bob Ford who practically steals the film! While It's no secretary who and how Jesse James was killed, the film focuses on the aftermath and ensuing destruction of Bob Ford. There are many different linked characters and subplots but this is about one man's destiny after he betrays his best friend and partner for his own ambitions. I loved the pacing of the film and Fuller's touch, while not on full display, are already seeping in and what eventually garnered the critical acclaim he later would receive. If you're a fan of Fuller, westerns, or even dramas this is a great work done by the gifted Samuel Fuller when he first set out directing and shouldn't be missed!
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2008
    the title event takes place in the first twenty minutes and the rest of the film follows robert ford's haunted and hunted life after the fact. this was sam fuller's first film and it's one of his best imo
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2008
    This film seems to has more in common with your pulp crime novel than your average western. Even the direction seems rather unique to the genre, and maybe has elements of film noir. Either way it's quite a good watch, and a short one too. I haven't seen much Sam Fuller, but after this and Shock Corridor, I know I need to.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2007
    Sam Fuller has a soft-ish side, who knew? Also the bathtub scene, almost as homo-erotic as Spartacus (almost).
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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