The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
as Frank James
as Zee James
as Rev. Jethro Bailey
as Mrs. Samuel
as Jesse James
as Maj. Rufus Cobb
as Charley Ford
as Cole Younger
as Barney Remington
as Sheriff Trump
as Jim Younger
as Rowina Cobb
as Attorney Walker
as Anne James
as Bob Younger
as Dr. Samuel
as Bill Ryan
as Sheriff Yoe
as Deputy Leo
as Bill Stiles
as Deputy Ed
as Archie at Age 4
as Sam Wells
as Dick Liddell
Critic Reviews for The True Story of Jesse James
Though hardly Nicholas Ray's sturdiest effort, this 1957 'Scope western began as one of his more ambitious conceptions, with an unorthodox narrative structure and deliberately theatrical sets.
Ray is one of the great natural filmmakers, a master of moral ambiguity and jittery mise-en-scene.
A fine Western, the only regret being Robert Wagner. Imagining Dean in the central role makes it one of the great might-have-beens.
On celluloid Jesse James has had more lives than a cat, and The True Story of Jesse James suggests it's time screenwriters let him roll over and play dead for real and reel.
One of Nicholas Ray's weaker films, this mythical Western displays his thematic concern with protagonists that are outsiders but suffers from the performances of pretty boys Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter.
Obviously the pair have a hard act to follow, but they manage it perfectly well, with Hunter particularly good in the brotherly sidekick role.
Audience Reviews for The True Story of Jesse James
I normally like movies on the James Gang but this is not as good as I expected ecspecially with the cast the had, Robert Wagner as Jesse James, and Alan Hale Jr. as Cole Younger.
Average western with a haircut performance by Robert Wagner and a rather bland one by Jeffrey Hunter. Even the usually excellent Hope Lange and Agnes Moorehead are given very little to work with here.
The performances and direction feel totally phoned in. The few nice moments it does have are outweighed by a really lack luster effort.
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