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The Return of Frank James (1940) was a Western Film directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Kenneth Macgowan.

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The Return of Frank James (1940)

By Beatrice on May 13, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Return of Frank James Directed by Fritz Lang Written by Sam Hellman 1940/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/ Amazon Instant Video This was one Fritz Lang film I had never heard of. ?There is little evidence of Lang’s signature touch but it is well-made and enjoyable... Read full article


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Eleanor Stone: Tell me, is it more important for you to kill a man than to save an innocent one.


Frank James: Pinky never so much as even stole a chicken in his whole life!


Frank James: I can't talk without thinking, not being a lawyer.


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The original treatment had Frank romantically interested in the reporter played by Gene Tierney, but the studio became fearful of a possible lawsuit by Frank's widow and/or son, so it was eliminated from the script.
The studio bought the rights to the James Brothers but changed the facts for entertainment. Although Frank surrendered 6 months after Jesse James' murder, both Ford brothers were already dead and Frank had nothing to do with their deaths.
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