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Return of Frank James [DVD] [1940] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Henry Fonda , Gene Tierney , Fritz Lang    DVD
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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull, John Carradine
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Writers: Sam Hellman
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Kenneth Macgowan
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, 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: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,960 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Frank James, after learning that the men who killed his brother, Jesse, have been pardoned, comes out of hiding to enact revenge.

Following straight on after the ending of Henry King's 1939 Tyrone Power starrer, Jesse James. The Return Of Frank James sets its stall out from the off to entertain without giving much credence to history. Back by popular demand as Frank is Henry Fonda, who in turn is joined by the returning John Carradine and Charles Tannen as Bob and Charlie Ford respectively. Along for the ride and offering up petite beauty and innocence is Gene Tierney in her first starring role. Directed by Fritz Lang, who had cemented his glowing reputation with the likes of M & Fury, The Return Of Frank James is a solid if unspectacular Western entry. Certainly its dark theme of revenge is not to be sniffed at, nor is the strand dealing with the influence of the press. Whilst the California photography from George Barnes is appropriate and pleasing on the eye. It's just that the film, in spite of its fine production, feels like the cash in sequel it obviously is. It's a hard film to take seriously, which in a film dealing with serious issues such as revenge, is not particularly good really is it! It's actually the jovial nature of it that stops it from veering towards the maudlin. Certainly the court case sequences are joyous and give Fonda and the team something to get stuck into. But it's an odd mix of a film, with its main allegiance difficult to really pin down. Yet in spite of my own protestations, it's a film I heartily recommend to those interested in light hearted Westerns, regardless of if that was Lang's intention from the off. It's also fair to say that those who enjoyed Henry King's far better first movie, will doubtless enjoy this sequel. Safe, solid and definitely enjoyable, but ultimately it's not very memorable. 6/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Lang Completists Only 18 July 2013
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The 1940 western The Return of Frank James is a film Fritz Lang had to, rather than wanted to, make. Since his arrival in the US he had made three films for three different studios and all had not done well at the box office. Fury (MGM, 1936), You Only Live Once (United Artists, 1937) and You and Me (Paramount, 1938) had garnered Lang a reputation as a dark, cynical, negative Austro-German type who not only made box office poison (especially You and Me), but also drove everyone in the Hollywood system up the wall with his tyrannical dictatorial behaviour, especially on set. He failed to understand that whereas in Germany he had total control over every aspect of a film's production and could drive everyone to their limits, in Hollywood he had to contend with studio regulations, union rules and the power of stars. His power was confounded at almost every level and in 1940 studios didn't know what to do with him. The fact that over time Fury and (especially) You Only Live Once have been reassessed as classics did nothing for Lang at the time. So 20th Century Fox had a dilemma on their hands. Zanuck's answer was to give his monocled little Hitler a couple of westerns to cool him down and make him conform. And conform he did. Both The Return of Frank James and Western Union are as conformist as Lang ever got. The lack of personal involvement from Lang (he was brought in with cast and script already in place for both pictures) means there is nothing really to distinguish them from any other western made at the time. To talk about them at all as 'Lang' pictures seems pointless. Read more ›
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By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
20th Century Fox presents "THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES" (1940) ~ (92 min/Color) ~ Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull, John Carradine & Donald Meek

Directed by Fritz Lang

This Technicolor sequel to Jesse James (1939) does without the services of the earlier film's star Tyrone Power, who after all was shot dead by that "dirty little coward" Bob Ford (John Carradine). Repeating his portrayal of western outlaw Frank James is Henry Fonda who has retired from his life of crime to become a peaceful farmer, though he has never given up his search for the treacherous Ford. The killer and his cohorts are eventually rounded up, but are pardoned due to political intervention. That's when Frank slaps on six-guns once more to seek his own form of justice. Featured in the cast is Henry Hull as Major Rufus Cobb, a crusading newspaperman and Jackie Cooper is Clem, the headstrong young sprout whom Frank has taken under his wing. Making her screen debut is Gene Tierney as Eleanor Stone a reporter from the East who wants to tell Frank's true story to the world.

Special footnote: ~ The studio bought the rights to the James Brothers but changed the facts for entertainment. Although Frank surrendered 6 months after Jesse James' murder, both Ford brothers were already dead and Frank had nothing to do with their deaths ~ The original treatment had Frank romantically interested in the reporter played by Gene Tierney, but the studio became fearful of a possible lawsuit by Frank's widow and/or son, so it was eliminated from the script.

1. Fritz Lang [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 December 1890 - Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Date of Death: 2 August 1976 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

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