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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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Frank James: Are you coming out or am I coming in?


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


Preacher: Prepare for the vengeance of the Lord! The day of reckoning is mighty close and you'll catch a heapin' fire if you don't get to repentin' and get to it quick! Hellfire is awaitin' ya. Are you ready to meet your Maker?
Frank James: I reckon so.
Preacher: You willing to stand before the judgmency with a chaw of tobacco in your mouth? Lost souls, that's what you are! Black as sin! Black with iniquity! The light of the Lord ain't in any of ya! Do you ever think of salvation? Do you ever think of the kingdom? No! All you ever think of is your bellies... and your corn pone and you chitlins and your corn liquor. Ah, brother, how about a swig of that jug?


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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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