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Jesse James [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tyrone Power , Henry Fonda , Henry King , Irving Cummings    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull
  • Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings
  • Writers: Curtis Kenyon, Gene Fowler, Hal Long, Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: Ben Silvey, Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
20th Century Fox presents "JESSE JAMES" (1939) ~ (106 min/Color) ~ Starring: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Jane Darwell & Donald Meek

Directed by Henry King

Irresistibly entertaining story of Jesse (Tyrone Power) and Frank James (Henry Fonda) becoming train and bank robbers to avenge the death of their mother killed at the behest of greedy railroad interests.

Director Henry King stages the action sequences in glorious outsize fashion, notably the famous bank-robbery scene in which Jesse rides his horse through a plate glass window. The scenes involving both James brothers are stolen hands-down by Henry Fonda, not so much because he was a better actor than Tyrone Power but because his character had all the best lines. Jesse James was filmed largely on location in Missouri.

Even though Randolph Scott is not the star here but he has a pivotal role as Marshall Will Wright, this would be the success to his lasting and legendary legacy.

Then came the sequel! The equally powerful The Return of Frank James (1940) - Henry Fonda back as Frank James in another Technicolor extravaganza (directed by Fritz Lang)

1. Henry King (Director)
Date of birth: 24 January 1886 - Christiansburg, Virginia
Date of death: 29 June 1982 - Toluca Lake, California

2. Tyrone Power
Date of Birth: 5 May 1914 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 15 November 1958 - Madrid, Spain.

3. Henry Fonda [aka: Henry Jaynes Fonda]
Date of Birth: 16 May 1905 - Grand Island, Nebraska
Date of Death: 12 August 1982 - Los Angeles, California

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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We are at the time of the Iron Horse birth, the railroads are buying out the farm land at ridiculously low prices, even resorting to bully tactics to get the signature rights. When one particularly nasty railroad agent tries his strong arm tactics on the mother of the James brothers, he gets more than he bargained for. In an act of almost vengeful negligence, the agent causes the death of Mrs James and thus sets the wheels in motion for what was to become folklore notoriety, Jesse James, his brother Frank, and a gang of seemingly loyal thieves, went on to etch their names in outlaw history.

There is no getting away from the fact that history tells us that this is a highly fictionalised account of Jesse James and his exploits. What we are given here by director Henry King and his screenwriter Nunally Johnson, is a more romanticised look at the legend of the man himself; which sure as heck fire makes for one dandy and enjoyable watch. The cast is one to savour, Tyrone Power (Jesse James), Henry Fonda (Frank James), Randolph Scott (Will Wright), Brian Donlevy (Barshee) and John Carradine (Bob Ford) all line up to entertain the masses with fine results, with Fonda possibly owing his subsequent career to his appearance here. He would return a year later in the successful sequel The Return Of Frank James and subsequently go on to greater and more rewarding projects. Power of course would go on and pick up the trusty blade and start swishing away, a career beckoned for this matinée idol for sure, but it's nice to revisit this particular picture to see that Power could indeed be an actor of note, capable of some emotional depth instead of making Jesse just another outlawish thug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Octopus 9 Aug 2014
This brilliant movie illustrates eminently a brutal chapter in Western socio-economic history: the creation of the iron horse, the transcontinental railroad.
One of America’s greatest novelists called it ‘The Octopus’. It strangled without mercy the farmers with its multiple sucker-bearing arms. In Frank Norris’ novel, the strangulation happened through highly exaggerated prices for the transportation of farm products; in other words, an extortion by a monopoly. In this movie, the railroad owners try to force the farmers to sell their land for a pittance by lying (‘the government will give you nothing’) or by naked violence. They need new land for extensions of their railroad grid.
One of the families which resist the violent extortion is the James household (Frank, Jesse and their mother). When their house is destroyed by arson and their mother is killed, the brothers take the law in their own hands and seek revenge by robbing the railroad clients, the passengers.

This movie shows a lawless and corrupt country, where the power lies in the hands of the moneymen, who have friends in high places and who control the decision makers (the lawmakers and the judges).
On the other hand, at the end of the 19th century, the press (the media), here the ‘Liberty Weekly Gazette’, was still independent, and supported the farmers against blatant arbitrariness.

This is a superb movie, not only for its perfect depiction of a not so distant past, but also, for its still highly relevant themes, like socio-economic power, corrupt politics and freedom (of speech).
Excellent direction by Henry King with an outstanding cast (T. Power, H. Fonda, R. Scott).
A must see.
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