Executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck shocked the Hollywood community when he chose German director Lang to helm the sequel to the studio's extremely popular western JESSE JAMES (1939). When asked why he expected a German to make a film about America's Old West Zanuck replied, "Because
he'll see things we won't." The film opens with a reprise of the assassination of Jesse James at the hands of the Ford brothers (Carradine and Tannen) from the first film. Jesse's brother Frank (Fonda) resolves to let the law handle the Ford brothers and goes back to farming under an assumed name.
When Carradine and Tannen are pardoned by the governor, however, Fonda vows revenge and, ...