I Shot Jesse James

1949, Western, 1h 21m

9 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Bob Ford (John Ireland) runs with the infamous Jesse James (Reed Hadley), but is wounded in a robbery. Upon recovery, Bob learns that his sweetheart, Cynthy (Barbara Britton), is no longer willing to stay with a man who could be gunned down at any moment. Hoping to buy his way out of a life of crime, Bob shoots Jesse and tries to collect on the government-issued reward money. But the law isn't kind to Bob, and Cynthy thinks he's a coward; his subsequent days are plagued by shame and fear.

Cast & Crew

Barbara Britton
Cynthy Waters
Reed Hadley
Jesse James
Barbara Woodell
Mrs. Zee James (as Barbara Wooddell)
Tom Tyler
Frank James
Tommy Noonan
Charles Ford
Byron Foulger
Silver King Room Clerk
Eddie Dunn
Joe, Silver King Bartender
Jeni Le Gon
Veronica, Cynthy's Maid
Robin Short
Troubadour
Phillip Pine
Man in Saloon
Gene Collins
Young Gunslinger
Margia Dean
Saloon Singer
Robert L. Lippert
Executive Producer
Ernest Miller
Cinematographer
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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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