icon Film Profile: The Return of Frank James - (1940)
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"Encore triumph from 20th Century-Fox."


  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics,
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Subtitled | Duration: 105 Mins

Henry Fonda had played Frank to Tyrone Power's Jesse in the superb Jesse James, and in this rather disappointing follow-up he spends all his time searching for brothers Charles and, in particular, Bob Ford (John Carradine), the "dirty little coward" who shot his own brother. But, unfortunately, Fonda has neither benefit of a decent script nor a sympathetic director, as Austrian émigré Fritz Lang makes heavy going of this lightweight material, and the movie lacks pace in places. The tedium of the tale is alleviated only slightly by the film debut of the beautiful Gene Tierney, who regrettably doesn't fulfil her acting potential here. The Technicolor helps, but the tempo is sluggish.
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Cast List:
Frank James / Ben Woodson : Henry Fonda
Eleanor Stone : Gene Tierney
Clem / Tom Grayson : Jackie Cooper
Major Rufus Cobb : Henry Hull
Bob Ford : John Carradine
Charles Ford : Charles Tannen
Runyon : J Edward Bromberg
McCoy : Donald Meek

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