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Title: The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on March 28, 2009, 11:14:22 PM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051114/


Pretty weak western with too much drama and very little action. (Poor man's James Garner) Robert Wagner did a good job but the story is so sluggish and anemic it's of no use. I doubt many people even remember this version. Real story, maybe, but a damn boring one.


4/10


Title: Re: The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Post by: T.H. on May 22, 2009, 01:23:16 PM
Nicholas Ray directed this, so I gave it a chance. Overall, not very good but an interesting picture. there seems to be an emphasis on realism (althogh half-assed), also it could be the first time the leone pattened dusters were seen in a western (don't quote me on that though). The movie relies on flashbacks too much and overall is a bit draggy and long. The shootout which tales place in the beginning and near the end of the film reminds me a lot of the opening scene from The Wild Bunch, it had to influence Sam, although it doesn't compare. This film has some nice scenes but overall is pretty average. worth a watch though.

another tidbit I noticed is the 07 Pitt James film seems to have taken a bit form this film, the houses are eerily similar, the place where Ford shoots James, the locations are almost identical (not the interior though).


Title: Re: The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Post by: stanton on May 23, 2009, 01:53:06 AM
As far as I know Ray's film was mutilated by the producers, so it's only a torso we have to deal with.

The dusters were already present in Henry King's classic Jesse James version from 1939.


Title: Re: The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Post by: dave jenkins on May 23, 2009, 02:09:43 AM
....also it could be the first time the leone pattened dusters were seen in a western (don't quote me on that though).
They're used in Clementine, 11 years earlier, and I doubt that even that was the first time.


Title: Re: The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Post by: T.H. on May 23, 2009, 02:15:11 AM
Haven't seen the '39 version and have seen MDC multiple times but never noticed/made the connection.


Title: Re: The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Post by: stanton on May 23, 2009, 05:35:57 AM
In MDC they are only presented as rain coats.