The Return of Frank James

Synopsis: Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, has been laying low, living as a farmer and taking care of Clem, the son of one of the members of the James gang. He gets word that Jesse was killed by Bob and Charlie Ford, he hoped that the law would deal with them but when he learns that the railroad man whom he and Jesse terrorized contracted them to kill Jesse and helped them get off, he goes after them. Clem whom he told to remain on the farm goes with him and when it's impossible for him to do so, Frank has no choice to let him tag along. Now in order to cover their tracks they start telling people that Frank James is dead and that they saw it. Eleanor Stone, a female reporter, who wants to write about it interviews them and they are both taken with each other. But eventually she learns who Frank is from the Pinkerton detective who is tracking them but doesn't turn them in. But eventually Frank learns that his farm hand, Pinky has been arrested as his accomplice and is about to be hung. N
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporat
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

- No, plain spring water.


- Crop all in?

- Yeah.

- You from

town? - Uh-huh.

- Any news?

- Hogs is up two cents.

- Good.

- You remember about them Ford boys?

- The fellas that killed JesseJames?

- Yeah.

- I "heared" at the telegraph office they're gonna be hanged.

- You don't tell me.

Uh-huh. Jury found them

guilty of murderin'Jesse.

Don't know why though, bein' as

there's a reward out for his killin'.

Revival meetin' at Clinton tomorrow night.

Be there, brother. It's me and

the devil and no holds barred.

[Clicking Tongue] Giddap!

Law's all right, huh?

"Beatenest" thing I ever did see.

It's like I figured, ain't

a jury in western Missouri...

would stand for shooting a friend when

he ain't lookin', no matter what he done.

That'll be a lesson to you, son.

What about us going over to that

revival meeting tomorrow night?

I think it's safe enough if

I sort of stay in the shadows.

I reckon you'd like to see some

other folks once in a while.

Oh, I ain't hankerin' to see no other folks.

But let's go fishin'

tomorrow, you and me, huh?

Sure, son, sure.

Here it is, Mr. Frank.

[Rooster Crows]

Ain't they hangin' 'em?

No, they let them off and

give them the reward money.

I knowed that preacher man heared wrong.

It's just like my pappy always said...

"There ain't no law for the poor

folks except the end of a gun. "

Hush up.

I was certain sure they

wasn't gonna do nothin'.

Did they ever do anything

for our kind of folks? No.

McCoy and his railroad stole your farm and

killed your mother. What happened? Nothin'.

And that timeJesse give hisself

up. Did the law treat him right?


Pinky, saddle the horses.

- Yes, sir!

- Just my horse.

- Yes, sir.

- You ain't goin' nowheres.

Oh, please, Frank. I won't get in the way.

You and Pinky gotta stay here and look

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