I Shot Jesse James
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I Shot Jesse James
This dark, gloomy Western chronicles the shame and self-destruction of Bob Ford, the real-life James Gang member that murdered Jesse James for the reward money. In this fictionalized account, James (Reed Hadley) tends to Ford (John Ireland) after he is wounded during a heist. When Ford's longtime love, Cynthy (Barbara Britton), gains a new admirer, he decides that settling down and buying a farm is the only way to win her for himself. He learns that the governor issued a 10,000-dollar reward and amnesty for Jesse's murder, and, after some deliberation, shoots his savior in the back… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While Preston Foster and Barbara Britton carry star roles, it's John Ireland, as the notorious Bob Ford, who dominates the story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Fuller points out the absurdity of the entire concept of modern myth-making, and kicks off the grand tradition of subversive neo-Westerns."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A commonplace movie."
‑ Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times
"Fuller uses effective close-ups in this stylish western, giving a fresh psychological twist to familiar narrative ground."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Interesting mainly because it's Samuel Fuller's first film, showing off a few of his trademark touches -- but not enough to make the movie stand on its own."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"As such, more a psychological drama (emphasised by the use of close-up) than a Western, and a highly original film."
‑ , Time Out
"The focus of this delightfully perverse character study Western is not on Jesse James, but on Bob Ford being a man cursed by his infamy as a Judas figure."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fuller goes deeper into his protagonist's tortured psyche, uncovering a sublimated sense of love that only finds expression as climax to his death rattle."
‑ Keith Uhlich, House Next Door
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