Jesse James and the Movies
About the Book
This illustrated filmography analyzes the plots and players of the more than forty motion pictures about the legendary Missouri outlaw Jesse James (1847–1882), from the silent era to the 21st century. Among the films and actors covered are Jesse James (1939) with Tyrone Power, Kansas Raiders (1950) with Audie Murphy, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) with Robert Duvall, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) with Brad Pitt. Each evaluation compares Hollywood’s version of history to the hard facts.
A brief biography of the outlaw provides an overview of his life and career. Also examined are European films, made-for-television movies and continuing TV series that have featured episodes involving Jesse James.
About the Author(s)
Johnny D. Boggs
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 78 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
Table of Contents
One: Jesse James, 1847–1882 7
Two: Jesse James in Pop Culture, 1875–1903 19
Three: The Silent Era, 1908–1927 23
Four: A-List Jesse, 1939–1940 45
Five: Jesse in the B’s, 1939–1949 63
Six: The Proliferation of Jesse James, 1950–1960 112
Seven: Oddball Jesse (1965–1969) 181
Eight: Revisionist Jesse, 1972–2010 195
Nine: Euro Westerns, 1964–2009 227
Ten: Made-for-Television Movies, 1970–1999 230
Eleven: Television Series Appearances, 1953–2001 238
Chapter Notes 245
Book Reviews & Awards
“a marvelous idea for a book…superbly evaluating more than 40 movies. Boggs writing and analysis of each film is excellent and revealing. A definite bookshelf keeper”—Western Clippings; “Johnny D. Boggs, best known for his award winning novels, proves that he is no slouch at writing nonfiction, and that his film knowledge rivals other aficionados. For movie buffs, or those interested in Jesse James, this volume is a must”—The Fence Post; “the author provides fascinating observations…Boggs has succeeded splendidly in both informing and entertaining the reader”—Wild West History Journal; “comprehensive, rip-snorting roundup…testament to the enduring popularity of the outlaw…edifies and entertains in equal measures”—Big Sky Journal.