Jesse James (1939 film)

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Jesse James is a 1939 American Western film directed by Henry King and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly and Randolph Scott. Written by Nunnally Johnson, the film is loosely based on the life of Jesse James, the outlaw from whom the film derives its name. The supporting cast includes Henry Hull, John Carradine, Brian Donlevy, Jane Darwell and Lon Chaney Jr.

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Jesse James
Jesse James movie poster
Directed byHenry King
Written byNunnally Johnson
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Nunnally Johnson
StarringTyrone Power
Henry Fonda
Nancy Kelly
Randolph Scott
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
W. Howard Greene
Edited byBarbara McLean
Music byLouis Silvers
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 14, 1939 (1939-01-14)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.6 million
Box office$2,335,000 (U.S. and Canada rentals)[1]

The American Humane Association began to oversee filmmaking after a horse appeared to die when it was driven off a cliff on set. The film has been described by the British Channel 4 website as being "notorious for its historical inaccuracy."[2]