The Return of Frank James Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 7115

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 16

Theatrical Release Date: 08/16/1940

Language: English

Genre: Western

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Fritz Lang

Actors: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull, John Carradine, J. Edward Bromberg

Plot: Frank James, along with his young charge Clem, track down Bob and Charlie Ford when they learn of the cowardly murder of Jesse James. -- Chris Kavan

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"The Return Of Frank James" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 04/16/2012

This sequel to the 1939 Jesse James sees his brother Frank hunting down those responsible for his death. And I must say I've never seen such a bloodless warpath. We are are used to the way films can romanticise outlaws, but this one really takes the cake; Henry Fonda's Frank makes Robin Hood look like Charles Manson! The only crime he commits is a robbery (for very good reasons of course) and the of the men he is hunting, one (or rather the most unconvincing dummy in cinematic history!) falls off a cliff and the other dies before he gets a chance to shoot him. For most of the film Frank is far more interested in romancing Gene Tierney than revenge (although who could blame him for that...) Fritz Lang is clearly not comfortable with this genre; it all feels very static and the wishy washy …

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