Days of Jesse James (1939)

63 mins | Western | 20 December 1939

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

Earle Snell

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Although the film credited Peter Tinturin with the songs, their titles could not be confirmed from the print viewed. Modern sources list the following three song titles for the film: "Echo Mountain," "I'm a Son of a Cowboy" and "Saddle Your Dreams." Modern sources add Harry Worth, Bud Osborne, Jack Ingram, Carl Sepulveda, Forrest Dillon, Hansel Warner, Lynton Brent, Pascale Perry and Eddie Acuff to the ... More Less

Although the film credited Peter Tinturin with the songs, their titles could not be confirmed from the print viewed. Modern sources list the following three song titles for the film: "Echo Mountain," "I'm a Son of a Cowboy" and "Saddle Your Dreams." Modern sources add Harry Worth, Bud Osborne, Jack Ingram, Carl Sepulveda, Forrest Dillon, Hansel Warner, Lynton Brent, Pascale Perry and Eddie Acuff to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Feb 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Dec 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 39
pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Feb 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
19 Dec 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Dec 39
p. 41.
Variety
27 Dec 39
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 December 1939
Production Date:
Began early Nov 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 December 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9315
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
5889
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Gabby Whittaker, who is returning from the California gold fields to his home in Missouri, is persuaded by his grandaughter Mary to deposit his earnings in the bank. The owner of the bank, Sam Wyatt, then decides to take advantage of the James' brothers unsavory reputation to rob his own bank and pin the blame on the notorious Frank and Jesse. After the robbery, the bankers association hires Roy Rogers to track down the brothers and recover the money, but his efforts are hampered by Captain Worthington, the railroad detective who is determined to claim the $50,000 reward for himself. Consequently, Roy teams up with Gabby to infiltrate the James gang, and as a trusted member of the gang, he learns that the brothers are innocent. Suspecting Wyatt of the crime, Roy scares the banker out of town and collars him on the train as he is making his getaway with the cash, thus obtaining the evidence needed to clear Frank and ... +


Gabby Whittaker, who is returning from the California gold fields to his home in Missouri, is persuaded by his grandaughter Mary to deposit his earnings in the bank. The owner of the bank, Sam Wyatt, then decides to take advantage of the James' brothers unsavory reputation to rob his own bank and pin the blame on the notorious Frank and Jesse. After the robbery, the bankers association hires Roy Rogers to track down the brothers and recover the money, but his efforts are hampered by Captain Worthington, the railroad detective who is determined to claim the $50,000 reward for himself. Consequently, Roy teams up with Gabby to infiltrate the James gang, and as a trusted member of the gang, he learns that the brothers are innocent. Suspecting Wyatt of the crime, Roy scares the banker out of town and collars him on the train as he is making his getaway with the cash, thus obtaining the evidence needed to clear Frank and Jesse. +

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