Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda star as the roughest, toughest six-gun-shooting outlaws the West has ever known. The story follows Jesse James and his brother Frank from their days as peaceful Missouri farmers to their first holdup, a daring train robbery in retaliation for their mother's death at the hands of a vile railroad official. After several successful train robberies, Jesse, heeding his girlfriend's advice, surrenders to the authorities in hopes of a lenient sentence and an honest future with his gal. But once in custody, Jesse discovers a double cross in the works, forcing him to flee and sealing his destiny. The tragic tale follows not only the Jameses' illicit exploits but the family life of Jesse, with Nancy Kelly playing his wife, Zee. While the real Jesse James may have been a ruthless and greedy killer, Power's Jesse James is a romantic hero pining for the farming life of which he himself was robbed, making this thrilling Henry King biopic a 10-hankie weeper.
This thrilling film tells the life story of famed outlaw Jesse James. The death of a horse during shooting resulted in all future MPAA films to be overseen by the American Humane Association.