The Return of Frank James

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  • 1940
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.6  (3,568)

The Return of Frank James is a 1940 American Western film starring Henry Fonda as the legendary outlaw Frank James. The film is a sequel to Jesse James, which was released in 1939. Directed by Fritz Lang, the film also stars Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, John Carradine, and Henry Hull. The film opens with the announcement of the death of Jesse James, and the subsequent surrender of Frank James to the authorities. After serving his time in prison, Frank is released and returns home, only to learn that his brother's killer, Bob Ford, has been acquitted of the crime. Frank is outraged and sets out for revenge.

As he travels across the country, Frank meets and befriends a young newspaper reporter named Eleanor Stone (Gene Tierney). Together, they try to track down Bob Ford and bring him to justice. Along the way, they encounter a colorful cast of characters, including a traveling medicine show, a group of railroad workers, and a pair of crooked politicians.

As Frank and Eleanor get closer to their quarry, they find themselves in danger from Ford's accomplices, who will do anything to protect him. But Frank is determined to see justice done, even if it means risking his own life in the process.

The Return of Frank James is a classic Western that blends action and drama with a touch of romance. The performances by Fonda and Tierney are particularly noteworthy, as they bring depth and nuance to their roles. Fonda, in particular, brings a quiet intensity to his portrayal of Frank James, conveying both a sense of menace and a deep sadness over the loss of his brother.

The film also features stunning cinematography, with sweeping vistas of the American West and vividly-realized action sequences. Lang's direction is as masterful as ever, balancing the film's various elements with a steady hand and a keen eye for detail.

Overall, The Return of Frank James is a thrilling adventure that will appeal to fans of classic Westerns, as well as anyone who enjoys a good revenge story. With its memorable characters, gorgeous landscapes, and taut storytelling, it is a film that deserves to be seen and remembered.

The Return of Frank James is a 1940 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

The Return of Frank James
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    6.6  (3,568)