This classic Western unfolds the legendary saga of the notorious James boys, notably Jesse Woodson James (1847-1882). Director King directed this blockbuster that captures the image and era of the infamous outlaw, if not the reality of his character.
Until this film the 24-year-old Power had been an attractive matinee idol, but here he proved that he could really act. Though Fonda has fewer scenes, he renders his stalwart, prosaic character so effectively that Fox cast him in the successful sequel, THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES. JESSE JAMES was
the film that made Fonda a star.
Both King and Johnson had been eager to do a film on the legendary outlaw. Johnson res...