The Return of Frank James
The Return of Frank James (1940)

This Technicolor sequel to 1939's Jesse James does without the services of the earlier film's star Tyrone Power, who after all was shot dead by that "dirty little coward" Bob Ford (John Carradine). Repeating his portrayal… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1940
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

As a snapshot of what mindless popcorn cinema looked like in 1940, it's a flattering example, still watchable and breezy even if it's not remotely challenging on any level.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Gets by with its remarkable photography (an early attempt at color for Lang), crisp action sequences and breezy storytelling.

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Fernando F. Croce

The abstruse stylization of Rancho Notorious is still a decade away, though the frontier is already a severe plain enlivened by intimations of hellfire

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is short on action but long on courtroom melodrama, not a good balance for a routine Western.

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Steve Crum

Fine Fritz Lang telling of Frank James (Fonda) in sequel to Jesse James.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Average western, sequel to "Jesse James" with none of Lang's more familiar mood touches. Still not bad with Fonda strong in the lead. Gene… More
Anthony Valletta
A Fritz Lang Western sounds mighty strange, but it is good.
xGary Xx
This sequel to the 1939 Jesse James sees his brother Frank hunting down those responsible for his death. And I must say I've never seen such a bloodless… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Return of Frank James" starts in 1882 with the murder of outlaw Jesse James by the brothers Ford(John Carradine and Charles… More