Jesse James at Bay (1941)

56 mins | Western | 17 October 1941

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

James R. Webb

Cinematographer:

William Nobles

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
Full page view
HISTORY

The film opens with a written prologue that states: "The story that Jesse James was finally killed by a disloyal member of his gang is well-known and believed by many to be factual. But there is another legend--vouched for by many old-timers of Missouri--which goes like this...." The picture does not appear to be based on the real James' life, however. A 12 Aug 1941 HR news item noted that Republic intended for this to be the last historical western done by Roy Rogers, and that in the future, the studio would star him in pictures with more "emphasis on situational comedy and greater opportunity for Rogers to use his singing voice." Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Jack O'Shea, Curley Dresden, Budd Buster, Karl Hackett, Kit Guard, Bill Wolfe, Ray Jones, Bob Woodward, Ted Lorch , Pascale Perry, Bob Reeves and George ... More Less

The film opens with a written prologue that states: "The story that Jesse James was finally killed by a disloyal member of his gang is well-known and believed by many to be factual. But there is another legend--vouched for by many old-timers of Missouri--which goes like this...." The picture does not appear to be based on the real James' life, however. A 12 Aug 1941 HR news item noted that Republic intended for this to be the last historical western done by Roy Rogers, and that in the future, the studio would star him in pictures with more "emphasis on situational comedy and greater opportunity for Rogers to use his singing voice." Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Jack O'Shea, Curley Dresden, Budd Buster, Karl Hackett, Kit Guard, Bill Wolfe, Ray Jones, Bob Woodward, Ted Lorch , Pascale Perry, Bob Reeves and George Kesterson . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Oct 1941.
---
Daily Variety
17 Oct 1941.
---
Film Daily
17 Oct 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 41
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 41
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Oct 41
p. 319.
Variety
15 Oct 1941.
---
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Just for You," words and music by Sol Meyer
"The Old Chisholm Trail," traditional.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 October 1941
Production Date:
late August--early September 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 October 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10797
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in feet):
5,041
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7705
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Phineas Krager, a manager of the Midland and Western Railroad, promises settlers that if they develop the land in James County, Missouri, they will be allowed to buy it cheaply after the company's government grant to build a new line is received. The settlers work hard and their farms prosper, but the railroad ignores their options and offers the land at an exorbitant rate. Despite his sympathy for the settlers' cause, Judge Rutherford is forced by technicalities to rule in the railroad's favor when the case comes to court. Desperate to help the settlers, sheriff "Gabby" Whittaker sends for an old friend, Jesse James, who has been leading a quiet life in Nebraska, in the hope that Jesse will organize a resistance movement. Jesse's first act is to rob a Midland and Western train, the proceeds of which he uses to buy some of the farm deeds. While Jesse is distributing the deeds to the settlers, Gabby and the townsfolk are puzzled by the appearance of Clint Burns, a bad-tempered gambler who is Jesse's exact double. After Clint is mistakenly arrested and then released, he is again brought to Gabby by Jane Fillmore and Polly Morgan, reporters from the St. Louis Journal . After being informed of their error, Jane and Polly then pump Gabby for information about Jesse for a story. Meanwhile, Krager decides to capitalize on Clint's resemblance to Jesse by having the gambler pose as the outlaw while committing crimes against the settlers. Krager's scheme to turn the settlers against Jesse works quickly, and even Gabby, who was left unconscious in a burning building by Clint's gang, wonders if his friend ... +


Phineas Krager, a manager of the Midland and Western Railroad, promises settlers that if they develop the land in James County, Missouri, they will be allowed to buy it cheaply after the company's government grant to build a new line is received. The settlers work hard and their farms prosper, but the railroad ignores their options and offers the land at an exorbitant rate. Despite his sympathy for the settlers' cause, Judge Rutherford is forced by technicalities to rule in the railroad's favor when the case comes to court. Desperate to help the settlers, sheriff "Gabby" Whittaker sends for an old friend, Jesse James, who has been leading a quiet life in Nebraska, in the hope that Jesse will organize a resistance movement. Jesse's first act is to rob a Midland and Western train, the proceeds of which he uses to buy some of the farm deeds. While Jesse is distributing the deeds to the settlers, Gabby and the townsfolk are puzzled by the appearance of Clint Burns, a bad-tempered gambler who is Jesse's exact double. After Clint is mistakenly arrested and then released, he is again brought to Gabby by Jane Fillmore and Polly Morgan, reporters from the St. Louis Journal . After being informed of their error, Jane and Polly then pump Gabby for information about Jesse for a story. Meanwhile, Krager decides to capitalize on Clint's resemblance to Jesse by having the gambler pose as the outlaw while committing crimes against the settlers. Krager's scheme to turn the settlers against Jesse works quickly, and even Gabby, who was left unconscious in a burning building by Clint's gang, wonders if his friend has changed. Jane and Polly, however, saw Jesse rescuing Gabby and are aware that Clint is behind the evil deeds being blamed on Jesse. Later, as the townspeople pressure Gabby to bring Jesse to justice, word comes that Jesse is wounded and hiding in a deserted house. Gabby rushes to the site but is preceded by Clint, Jane and Polly. Clint tries to convince the two reporters that he is Jesse, but Jane, who is in love with the real outlaw, can tell the difference between them. Jesse, who started the rumor that he was wounded in order to draw out Clint, shoots the gambler and puts on his clothes. Jesse then escapes from Gabby and goes to Krager's office, where Krager, believing him to be Clint, offers him money to leave town. Krager and Clint's gang become suspicious of Jesse, but their attempt to kill him fails. Jesse then succeeds in getting enough evidence to prove that Paul Sloane, the settlers' lawyer, colluded with Krager to invalidate their land claims, and after a shootout, Jesse and Gabby round up Krager's men. Polly declares that she and Jane have quite a scoop for their paper, but Jane informs Polly that she will have to write the story alone, as she is going to Nebraska with Jesse. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.