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The Return of Frank James is a 1940 western film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney. It is a sequel to Henry King's 1939 film Jesse James. Written by Sam Hellman, the film loosely follows the life of Frank James following the death of his outlaw brother, Jesse James at the hands of the Ford brothers. The film is universally considered historically inaccurate, but was a commercial success.


After the death of his outlaw brother, Jesse (played in the earlier film by Tyrone Power), Frank James (Henry Fonda) seeks revenge on his killers, Bob and Charlie Ford (John Carradine and Charles Tannen).

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review by . December 09, 2010
A sometimes humorous depiction of an outlaw who is portrayed as a just man
This 1940 color movie has the impediments of its age: the portrayal of blacks, called “darkies” in the film, as foolish uneducated boobs and women as beautiful, emotional, home accessories that have difficulty reasoning and should not be taken out for public display. Yet despite these age-old faults, the flick is interesting and at times downright humorous.               Jesse James is assassinated by the Ford brothers and …
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