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Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy / Romance / Western
Original Title: Alias Jesse James
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Writers: Robert St. Aubrey,Bert Lawrence
Released: 1959
Duration: 1h 32min
Video type: Movie
Inept insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells a man a $100,000 policy. When his boss learns the man was Jesse James he sends Milford after him with money to buy back the policy. After a masked Jesse robs Milford of the money, Milford's boss heads out with more money. Jesse learns about it and plans to rob him, have Milford dressed as him get killed in the robbery, and then collect the $100,000.
Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope Bob Hope - Milford Farnsworth
Rhonda Fleming Rhonda Fleming - Cora Lee Collins
Wendell Corey Wendell Corey - Jesse James
Gloria Talbott Gloria Talbott - Princess Irawanie (as Gloria Talbot)
Jim Davis Jim Davis - Frank James
Will Wright Will Wright - Titus Queasley
Mary Young Mary Young - 'Ma' James
Mickey Finn Mickey Finn - Tough #2 in Dirty Dog Saloon
Bob Gunderson Bob Gunderson - James Gang Member
Fred Kohler Jr. Fred Kohler Jr. - James Gang Member (as Fred Kohler)
Ethan Laidlaw Ethan Laidlaw - James Gang Member
Glenn Strange Glenn Strange - James Gang Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Autry Gene Autry - Gene Autry (scenes deleted)
James Garner James Garner - Bret Maverick (scenes deleted)

Final cinema film of James Arness.

Final film of Ward Bond.

The climactic gunfight featured cameos by Bing Crosby, and surprise appearances by actors who, at the time, were starring or had recently starred in extremely popular Western television series (such as Maverick (1957), The Roy Rogers Show (1951), and Annie Oakley (1954)) and Western movies such as Ровно в полдень (1952) (Gary Cooper). They appeared playing the same roles that they had played on their shows.

The last period film made by Bob Hope. The rest of his films were contemporary comedies.

Cameos during the final gunfight include: Gary Cooper, Jay Silverheels, and Bing Crosby.

Reviews: [25]

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    Bob Hope plays his usual dimwitted cluck who in this film happens to be an insurance salesman. Only Hope, one step from being given the boot and desperate to sell a policy, would sell one to Jesse James. Jesse being the smart guy he is decides this has potentiality. He can fake his own death and lay low for a while with a nice nest egg. Bank robbery, train robbery, his usual line of work does have some risk attached to it. Now guess who the schnook he figures he'll bump off to be the dead Jesse James? Why its Hope come west to protect Jesse until the home office figures a way to cancel the policy.

    I saw this in the movies way back when I was 12 years old and it first came out. As such I appreciated fully the significance of the cameo appearances of all those TV western stars. TV westerns were at their height at that time so anyone who saw this knew for instance that Ward Bond was Major Seth Adams of Wagon Train. Today, I wager, that viewers will recognize Bond as Bert the Cop from It's A Wonderful Life unless Wagon Train is being run on Hallmark at the time. Similarly Gail Davis as Annie Oakley or Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp (a show I wish some cable channel would pick up). Nice gag, but dated now.

    Nevertheless its a very funny picture with the lovely Rhonda Fleming as Jesse's girl and beneficiary until she falls for Hope. So many smart women keep falling for Hope the schnook in his films. Wendell Corey is a crafty Jesse James with Jim (Dallas) Davis as brother Frank. And of course the obligatory appearance by Bing Crosby.
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    This movie was tied up for years due to royalty rights since 11 cowboy stars of the late '50s appear in cameos helping Bob Hope in the final shootout. Note that Gene Autry and James Garner do not appear in the current product, though they were in the original.

    Then there is an owl-eyed kid named Harry Truman playing the piano. Bob clubs a gila monster ("The mice sure grow big around here"), then realizes he used a rattlesnake.

    I've shown this tape to many people, and all agree it's the best Bob Hope movie and one of the funniest movies they've ever seen.
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    Bumbling buffoon insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth sells notorious outlaw Jesse James a $100,000 policy. When his boss finds out who the customer is, he dispatches Farnsworth after James in the hope of buying back the policy, he also gives strict orders that Farnsworth must ensure that James comes to no harm.

    Bob Hope sells Jesse James an insurance policy! that alone should prepare you for what type of picture this is. There is nothing out of the ordinary here that we haven't seen before in most other Hope vehicles, and as a huge fan of The Paleface and the even better Son Of Paleface, I would point readers to those pictures by way of them being far better. However, "Alias" has some fine moments that keep it way above average, in fact for visual gags alone this picture scores higher than most of Hope's better known comedies. Be it a steaming alcohol fuelled hat or a magic mushroomed fed horse, there is still much fun to be had as Hope plays out his winning formula. Along for the ride is the supremely sexy Rhonda Fleming as Jesse James' gal, Cora Lee Collins, and as James himself we get Wendell Corey looking as though he is enjoying himself. The final reel of this film is now something of legend as we get to play spot the genre star during a protracted shoot out, stars such as Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers & Gail Davis join Bing Crosby to close the picture on a mightily high point. 6.5/10
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    The Bob Hope movies I liked best were the ones that were a mixture of mirth and murder (CAT AND THE CANARY, THE GHOST BREAKERS), where he played the cowardly hero who gets the girl in the final reel. His westerns were fun too, films like THE PALEFACE or SON OF PALEFACE. It's good to report that ALIAS JESSE JAMES fits the standard for his western spoofs, all done up in fancy Technicolor and given a good cast.

    The comic set-up has him selling a life insurance policy to Jesse James (WENDELL COREY) and then told by his bosses that he must go out west and get the policy back at all costs--even if it means his own life, since the policy is worth $100,000. BOB HOPE, of course, takes the assignment and gets mixed up with the James brothers (brother Frank James is played by JIM DAVIS). Not only is he surrounded by a gun-toting gang but he falls in love with Jesse's girl (RHONDA FLEMING), who is fed up with Jesse and ready for a new beau.

    The laughs are steady as Hope fumbles his way through one laughable but impossibly silly situation after another, ready with the one-liners and getting the most out of a zany script. A chase toward the end is full of sight gags that work and the final shootout shows him shooting at the town villains while others do the actual killing shots--including GARY COOPER, JAMES ARNESS, WARD BOND, ROY ROGERS, GAIL DAVIS and, no surprise, BING CROSBY.

    It's a lightweight romp for Hope and Fleming, with WENDELL COREY surprisingly good as Jesse James and MARY YOUNG doing a nice job as his gun-toting ma.

    Briskly directed by Norman Z. McLeod, it's simple minded fun played in broad farcical style by a pleasant cast and one of Hope's better films during the '50s.
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    If you don't like bob hope, you might want to pass on this one. It is funny, but it's not as quick as the "Road" movies. Hope plays a life insurance salesman in the old west, who sells a huge policy to Jesse James! Bob is then sent to protect his policy holder and his job. In order to keep jesse safe, Hope risks life and limb by acting and dressing as the real gunslinger would. In his "alias" will Bob steal the trainrobber's girl to boot? Western fans might want to watch the Paleface, or Son of Paleface, before judging Hope on this one though. Basically the same movie made three times. "Alias" does have some cameo appearances from early television and movies i think western fans will find fun. Worth a watch.
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    I grew up on a steady diet of cowboys & Bob Hope, & I fondly remember this one from my teenage years at the local theatre. While it is not as great as "The Ghostbreakers", or "Son of the Paleface", it is still a very enjoyable and hilarious romp through the "old West". There are sight-gags & pratfalls galore, & some really witty dialogue & joke routines from Hope (even Wendell Corey manages to be funny in this one...quite a change from the stalwart Mountie in "The Wild North"!) I especially loved seeing the drop-dead beautiful Rhonda Fleming at the height of her career. When she kisses Bob, I had to grind my teeth in jealousy that it wasn't me instead. The ending is really an inspired bit of nostalgia, with many of the great cowboy stars from 1950s TV Westerns showing up in cameo roles. About the only ones missing are Paladin, Hopalong Cassidy, & the Lone Ranger (Tonto is there though...I think this was filmed during the time that Clayton Moore was in a salary dispute with his TV producers...maybe that explains his absence?). Gene Autry was in the theatrical release but was cut out of the version that plays on TV now...probably because his widow wouldn't give legal permission. I found it really sad that we were deprived of seeing him because of mere money. Gene was always one my favorite cowboy stars...sigh. Anyway, if you enjoy family-friendly films & classic comedy routines, then you'll love this movie.
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    This is a treat for those of us who enjoy side-splitting slapstick without being silly. Bob Hope has been an all-time favorite of mine and in this film he really knows how to get the laughs. He plays an insurance salesman who sells a life insurance policy to Jesse James (played by Wendell Corey) and falls for Jesse's saloon-singer/girlfriend (played by the lovely Rhonda Fleming). It has so many sight gags that it has to be viewed all the way through to really enjoy them. And the cameos by all the western stars during the shootout - what a great idea! Even the kids will get a kick out of this one. My 15-year-old even loved it, considering the junk that's called entertainment today for their age group. Get the family, get some popcorn, gather 'round the set, you baby boomers, and enjoy some great comedy.
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    If Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming & Gloria Talbott aren't enough to perk your interest in this hilarious Western-Comedy, take a look at who else appears! It's an all-star cast guesting in cameos! This is a must see for all Hope fans, all Western fans, and everybody who likes their movies to be fun! 9.
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    This is a great movie. The music was sung by Guy Mitchell with all original songs. Great music and a funny movie. If you like comedy westerns this is a great one.

    I can't get over the music though. Guy Mitchell had one of the best voices ever. And these original songs are classic. Wish I could get a hold of the sound-track.

    There will never be another Bob Hope. Seems like comedy today is nothing but dirt. Bob's was clean and funny and adult. This is probably the best comedy western ever completed by Hope. Too bad they couldn't keep the original cameos i.e. Gene Autry was in the original at the ending gunfight.
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    Funny film as Bob Hope portrays insurance salesman Milford Farnsworth. As Wendell Corey, who portrays James asks, "What's a Milford Farnsworth?"

    As far as I'm concerned, Mary Young as Ma James steals this picture as the soft spoken mother of the outlaw who only wants her Jesse to eat a good breakfast before he goes out to steal. With her sing-song voice, Ma comes across as a kindly old lady only to resort to the shotgun when Rhonda Fleming jumps ship in her wedding dress and flees with Hope.

    The plot is hilarious. The inept Farnsworth sells James an insurance policy and James in turn plans to have Hope dressed like him, and killed so that he can enjoy the $100,000 that the policy is worth. What's even funnier is that dance hall queen Cora Lee, Fleming, falls for Hope.

    The picture provides good laughs and was appropriate for the 1950s light comedies with Hope.
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    Enjoyed this very funny Western Film with Bob Hope, ( Milford Farnsworth) starring as a life insurance salesman who sells a policy to Jesse James, (Wendell Corey) the famous gangster cowboy. Milford Farnswoth also follows Jesse James West to see that Jesse stays alive. Milford gets himself adjusted to the West and meets up with a very pretty young woman named Cora Lee Collins, (Rhonda Fleming). Cora Lee happens to be the saloon singer and girlfriend of Jesse James and Milford gets himself involved with a marriage ceremony and makes a good job of having the Bride run away with him and the funny thing is that Jesse James future wife Cora Lee happens to be the bride. There are plenty of cameos of famous actors in this film, namely: Trigger, the horse of Roy Rogers and Roy Rogers, James Arness, Ward Bond, Gary Cooper and Bing Crosby. This is a great entertaining film and you will not want to miss this film if you have never view this film. Enjoy.
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    If our recollections are correct, there was an awful lot of build-up and expectation of this film. It was advertised and plugged quite a bit as being "THE" New Bob Hope starring vehicle; attributing something special to it. Mr. Hope even made a seemingly serious remark about hoping that this ALIAS JESSE JAMES (Paramount, 1959) was Oscar material.

    It wasn't really that special, but it was very good and probably a cut above most of the other movies of that period. It seems that there was a big change in screen comedy in those days. Dean & Jerry had parted company in 1956 after a decade together. Abbott & Costello had been inactive, what with Bud Abbott first retiring; then Lou Costello setting out on his own, only to meet an early death in March of 1959.

    Even though Bing and Bob usually made gag cameos in each others' films, there hadn't been any joint effort from them, no "Road" pictures since ROAD TO BALI (1952). In the interim, Mr. Hope's screen projects were all pretty much in keeping with the laugh standards previously established. Bob even ventured out of the usual with a couple of dramatic parts. In THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (Paramount, 1955) he portrayed vaudevillian Eddy Foy, and turned in fine performance in the process. Two years later, Bob took the role of New York City's "colorful" Prohibition Era, bigger than life character, Mayor Jimmy Walker (Paramount, 1957). Of course there were other film projects, his Television Show and don't forget he always spent his Christmas Holidays away from home; entertaining our Men and Women in the Armed Forces who were stationed overseas.

    So, back we go to today's 'Mystery Challenger', ALIAS JESSE JAMES.

    OUR STORY…………..In the proverbial nutshell, a tenderfoot Insurance Salesman, Milford Farnsworth (Mr. Hope) sells a $100,000.00 insurance policy on the Outlaw Jesse James to a man unknown to be Jesse, himself (Wendell Corey). Jesse then plans to collect on the policy by having another person killed and identified as Jesse. (Of course, you'd never guess just who that guy could be!) That's it; a very thin premise with which to make a movie. Yes, we agree; but that's really all that is needed. If put in to proper, skilled hands of some veteran comedy gag men-writers and a capable Director of comedy, it can be expanded. This certainly was the case here.

    It is the jokes, the sight gags and the "In" humor of the ensuing situations' making up the scenes that propel the story forward that makes it all happen. We have the basic premise so often used of the "Dude" or the "Tenderfoot", if you will, who winds up facing down all the henchmen before confronting the "Big Shot" boss. It has been the central theme of oh so many films.

    Our favourite gag involved Bob's running to a young, bespectacled boy playing a piano in the saloon. When Bob asked him his name, he replied, "Harry Truman!" The film promised to have a big surprise in the finale, giving it a little more punch, as well as a carload of laughs. What it turned out to be was Cameos by a whole bunch of Western Stars from the Movies and Television. Remember, this was the 1950's and the Western Series was the 'A' number 1 staple of the Networks' Primetime Schedule.

    As a result of this, we have quick surprise appearances by James Arness (Marshall Matt Dillon on GUNSMOKE), Ward Bond (Major Adams on WAGON TRAIN), Gail Davis (TV's ANNIE OAKLEY), James Garner (the brother, Brett on MAVERICK), Hugh O'Brian (WYATT Earp), Fess Parker (DAVEY CROCKETT), Roy Rogers (Self) and Jay Silver heals (Tonto from THE LONE RANGER).

    It was a truly peculiar occurrence that the one Guest Star who we kids didn't recognize was doubtless the best known on the Big Screen; as it was Gary Cooper! He even had a line of dialogue to say. It was "Yup!" Whether or not this was Oscar material for Mr. Bob Hope is strictly up to ones' own judgment and conjecture. It was certainly much better a vehicle for him than some of the other following projects, such as: CALL ME BWANA (1963), A GLOBAL AFFAIR (1964) and I'LL TAKE SWEEDEN (1965). As for teaming up with Bing, it appeared that he and Mr. Crosby had gone to the well once too often with THE ROAD TO HONG KONG (United Artists, 1962).
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    This film is utterly ridiculous. Where to begin… Bob Hope plays an inept life insurance salesman who sells a $10,000 policy to a mysterious stranger. He then finds out the stranger is none other than the notorious outlaw Jesse James, whom Hope must go out west to protect or his insurance company will go bankrupt (you'd think there'd be an easier solution…). The absurdity does not stop there. This film offers a unique depiction of Jesse James as a mild-mannered, community-oriented insurance fraud. For some reason, a helpful Indian princess shows up along the way.

    Preposterousness aside, I had fun watching this film. The plot is really just an excuse for Bob Hope to entertain by feigning courage before comically sinking back into cowardice. While I mainly enjoyed Alias Jesse James as a Bob Hope fan, the film also benefits from Rhonda Fleming as Hope's genuinely lovely love interest, and western fans should get a kick out of the ending. I would advise those who are not yet Bob Hope fans to see Road to Morocco or another one of his more well-known films first – you've really got to be a fan of Bob Hope and of corny screwball comedies to enjoy Alias Jesse James.
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    I first saw this move in 1959 as an 11-year-old, and thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. When Hope jumps into the back of the buckboard and falls through and can't climb out so he's forced to run to keep up with the horses, his legs were a blur, and I remember laughing so hard my ribs ached.

    I'm well past 11 today, and I see things differently. The scene in question evoked not so much as a chuckle from me when I saw it recently, though it was fun to reconnect with such a vivid memory from my childhood. (It was the same sense of deja vu I got watching Gene Autry and the Phantom Empire).

    Even by the low movie standards of Bob Hope, this is lesser Hope. He doesn't act in this movie, he monologues. It's one one-liner after another. And, really becomes quite tedious after awhile.

    The premise .. not that anyone cares .. Hope plays an insurance agent who sells a policy to Jesse James (played by Wendell Corey, who was terrible). James is a somewhat high-risk customer, so Hope is sent out by his company to protect their investment by protecting James, which puts him at risk from all sorts of people and goings-on, including Jesse James himself. The idea is Hope's character gets into one hopeless situation after another, and comes through without a scratch, oblivious even to what's going on, then offers some awful one-line commentary on what just happened. Repeat for 90 minutes. Boring.

    There's a ton of cameos at the end of the picture from many of your favorite western stars: Hugh O'Brien, Ward Bond, James Arness, Gary Cooper, Gail Davis, Fess Parker, Roy Rogers, and many others. All these characters appear without explanation to side Hope's character in the climactic gunfight.

    My favorite was Jay Silverheels as Tonto, who plonks one of the James Gang with an arrow in the back, and in the denouement of the picture, this same guy, arrow sticking from his back, gets up and walks meekly off to jail. If you're beginning to feel this was a live action Looney-Tune, you're getting the picture of what this picture was about.

    Rhonda Fleming was slumming and stuck in this disaster with Hope, but she never looked lovelier. Lord, but that was a beautiful woman! In addition to the cameos mentioned earlier, this movie featured some of my favorite minor-league players: Jim Davis as Frank James, craggy-faced Will Wright as Hope's boss, and the exotic-looking Gloria Talbot as an Indian princess.

    I loved it in spite of myself. 6 out of 10.
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    Assured and self-amused Bob Hope glides smoothly through jokey western involving an insurance salesman from New York unknowingly selling a valuable life policy to the infamous gunslinger/train robber Jesse James; he's forced by his boss to head West to find Jesse and ask for the policy back. Hope's nervous shtick routine (always followed by a series of variable one-liners) isn't quite the stuff of side-splitting comedy--and yet he's so adept at these gags, there's nostalgic pleasure in just watching him have at it. A few of the jokes and sight-gags which bomb out the first time are then repeated (such as Hope's brim unfurling after a stiff drink, or a goat snacking on playing cards). After an hour or so, fatigue sets in, and Wendell Corey seems to have no idea how to play outlaw James. Saloon singer Rhonda Fleming, in a succession of lovely Edith Head gowns, provides a nice love-interest and shares a fun duet with Bob. The finale is a real delight, great for movie and TV buffs, and nearly makes the picture worthwhile. ** from ****
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    I saw this film when it first came out,probably one of my all time favorite films,I have been trying for years now to get a copy,but very few people in the U.K. seem to have even heard of it,the final shoot out has to be one of the best endings ever,I loved the horse on magic mushrooms,and the rattle snake gag.
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    If the "Paleface" films made me laugh, this film made me smile. But smiling also is pleasant and so is this film with the incredible story of a an insurance agent who sells a policy to Jesse James. Jesse made his beneficiary the lovely Cora Lee (Rhonda Fleming) and he plans to murder the agent (Hope) and make people believe Hope is Jesse James, so the real Jesse can stay with the insurance money. Wendell Corey who played Jesse in "The Great Missouri Raid" (1951) is Jesse again and Jim Davis is Frank. Norman Z. McLeod , is the director, he also directed "The Paleface"(1948). I kept wondering when Bing Crosby was going to show up, and the best thing about this film are the cameos, unfortunately Gene Autry and James Garner (Maverick) had their scenes deleted. But we can't complain , there are Gary Cooper, Bing, James Arness, Hugh O' Brian, Gail Davies (Annie Oakley), Roy Rogers, Trigger, Ward Bond, Iron Eyes Cody, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Scatman Crothers, Fess Parker and others... isn' that plenty?
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    Just watched this Bob Hope comedy on Netflix streaming. He plays Milford Farnsworth, a failed insurance salesman who has one last chance before he's fired. So he ends up in a western town that resides one Jesse James (Wendell Corey). Guess who Milford ends up selling his insurance to? There's also a lovely lass named Cora Lee Collins (Rhonda Fleming) in tow. I'll stop there and just say that I liked many of the wisecracks that Hope did but what I really found funny was some of the visual gags like Hope's hat changing shape when drinking whiskey, him accidentally using a rattlesnake to beat a ferocious creature, or seeing a brawl in slow motion after Bob spiked a punch with mushrooms (that last bit was a big surprise to me since I thought drug humor didn't appear in mainstream movies until the late '60s). There were also some amusing cameos of mostly western TV stars at the end though one of those was actually of a well-known co-star of Bob's that I won't dare reveal here if you don't know what I'm talking about. Oh, and one more thing, the reason I watched this now was because I have been reviewing many movies and TV episodes of the stars of the original "Dallas" in chronological order since mid-June when the new version premiered on TNT. So when I found out Jim Davis appeared here as Jesse's brother Frank, I had to check this out. He has a funny scene with Hope when they're playing cards. So on that note, I recommend Alias Jesse James.
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    I don't know much about Bob Hope except that he was a famous comedian in a time when the majority of TV shows and movies were westerns. Although "Alias Jesse James" was produced 15 years before Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles , it is still an equally enjoyable western-comedy.

    Mel Brooks plays Milford Farnsworth, an insurance salesman from New York whose career is failing. Farnsworth unknowingly sells a life-insurance policy to Jesse James (Wendell Corey) at a bar. When his employer finds out that Jesse James is a policy holder in the company, he sends Farnsworth to the west to try and get Jesse James to cancel his policy and if he won't, he wants Farnsworth to protect his life. There is an ironic scene on a train where Jesse James robs Farnsworth of his own premium return. Farnsworth is then left to protect Jesse James at all costs.

    Farnsworth meets Cora Lee Collins (Rhonda Fleming), Jesse James love interest and mistakingly falls in love with her. Throughout the rest of the movie Farnsworth fears for his own life while protecting the life of Jesse James. The best scene in the movie is the shootout at the end, where Farnsworth never hits anyone but thinks that he does because there are citizens hiding in doorways and windows, doing Farnsworth's job for him.

    If you are in the mood for a clean comedy with an enjoyable plot, this is the movie for you. It is a nice break from the comedies today that rely on sexual jokes and pure stupidity. I saw it on AMC but I definitely plan on buying it and adding it to my library.
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    Another western parody film from Bob Hope along the lines of the two "Paleface" movies where knowledge is the key of various references made throughout the film. Bob Hope repeats some old jokes that he's done several times, particularly the visual gag with the hat after he takes a strong drink. it's basically the same stick he's been doing since the late thirties, and while some of it is funny, a lot of it is truly dated. However, he has a pretty leading lady in the red-headed Rhonda Fleming, a nice substitute for Dorothy Lamour and Jane Russell.

    The plot line has him as an insurance salesman from New York who allegedly sells a policy to Jesse James (Wendell Corey) and must follow him back to the west to make sure that he is not captured or killed. But in spite of Jessie pretending that they are friends, the notorious bandit plots to use Hope in a scheme to get the insurance money about to be returned to him after Hope's boss fires him. This leads to a very funny chase sequence in the conclusion that is filled with cameos and a lot of surprises. A character actress named Mary Young is adorable playing Jessie's seemingly sweet gun-toting mother.

    If you are a fan of TV and B westerns of the 1940's and 50's, the cameos of many of the surprise guest will be a delightful addition to your enjoyment of this mixed bag. However, you will have to look sharp to confirm who is who and probably refer to the cast list just to be sure. A few guests were edited out but there's still plenty of surprises when this gun battle happens. Some of the jokes of course do not transfer past references of the day, and that only slightly dates this film. It can get corny in spots and often a bit tedious, but in spite of how self-serving Hope seems to be at times, there is an innocence about this film that makes it refreshing in many ways.
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    A good lighthearted film with very respectable action sequences considering the film's age. The humour was the usual Hope retorts and was certainly an asset. Whilst Bob Hope died at 100 years old; Rhonda Fleming, nowadays 95 Years old, was a real live true beauty that graced many a film.
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    This movie begins with an incompetent insurance agent named "Milford Farnsworth" (Bob Hope) accidentally selling a life insurance policy to the notorious outlaw "Jesse James" (Wendell Corey) who just happens to be visiting New York. Needless to say, with so many people gunning for this particular outlaw his boss is not very happy with this transaction. Because of that he immediately sends Milford on the next train back west to find Jesse and refund the money in exchange for the policy he issued to him. Failing that, he is given instructions to keep Jesse alive as long as possible so the insurance company doesn't have to pay anything. To that end, Milford assumes the identity of Jesse to confuse everybody-and that suits the outlaw just fine. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay comedy which suffered a couple of misfires here and there but essentially made up for it with the presence of Rhonda Fleming (as Jesse's girlfriend "Cora Lee Collins") who was absolutely stunning. In any case, while this it's certainly not a hilarious movie it was good enough for the time spent and I have rated it accordingly. Average.
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    No stranger to comedy Westerns, Bob Hope's film with Roy Rogers in the early Fifties ("Son of Paleface") is better regarded than this one, but "Alias Jesse James" has it's share of laughs and offers a terrific punch at the finale. Hope's character is a hapless insurance salesman who's latest client is the notorious outlaw, who figures on cashing in by having his alter-ego Martin Farnsworth (Hope) replace him in a pine box.

    In hindsight I guess one could question the choice of Wendell Corey to portray Jesse James, since he doesn't have any significant Western movie or TV screen credits. By contrast, Jim Davis starred as Matt Clark, Railroad Detective in the early Western TV series "Stories of the Century", and also appeared in a passel of movie Westerns. Corey did portray Frank James in 1951's "The Great Missouri Raid", so maybe flip-flopping their roles here might have made more sense, but Corey did a pretty good job anyway.

    As saloon gal and Jesse's fiancé Cora Lee Collins, Rhonda Fleming seemed to get prettier throughout the picture, but falling for Hope's Farnsworth character seemed a bit of a stretch for me. But let's face it, it would have meant a one way ticket out of the Dirty Dog saloon, so I guess you can't blame her.

    Say, did you catch the bit with Milford Farnsworth's horse pushing him along to his showdown with Snake Brice? Back in 1952's "Son of Paleface", Bob Hope was upstaged by Roy Rogers' horse Trigger in a bedroom scene that was just hilarious. You read that right, but I won't give it away here, you'll just have to look it up yourself.

    Getting back to my earlier tease - the final shoot out with Farnsworth and Jesse's gang was a veritable trip down memory lane for long time Western fans. Making cameos in order of appearance were Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian), Major Seth Adams (Ward Bond), Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness), Roy Rogers, Davy Crockett (Fess Parker), Annie Oakley (Gail Davis), Gary Cooper, and Tonto (Jay Silverheels). Each one shot a bad guy, only to be upstaged by the Bingster who told the viewer Hope could use all the help he could get. Actually, I think he got it.
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    Bob Hope is an incompetent life insurance salesman who finally sells a policy - to Jesse James! Understandably, his boss wants Mr. Hope to return the $100,000 to the outlaw; if necessary, Hope is ordered to die on the job. Hope, calling himself an "eligible bachelor", wishes that he had Jessie's girl - the pretty Rhonda Fleming, who sings. Wendell Corey plays the straight man Jesse James. Hope loses his shirt in a card game. "Alias Jesse James" is a one-joke comedy with a cute ending - it features a slew of western star cameos; they help Hope and Fleming in a shootout. Bing Crosby says, "This fella needs all the help he can get."

    **** Alias Jesse James (3/20/59) Norman Z. McLeod ~ Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
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    This is one of Bob Hope's films before his movies really went downhill in quality in the 1960s. And, like his better films this is a period piece--his last one, in fact. Now I am not saying it's a great film but it is amusing and features a truly wonderful final climactic scene that makes the film worth seeing--but I'll say no more about this because it would ruin it.

    The film begins with Hope working for an insurance company but it's hard to understand why his poor boss (Will Wright) keeps him on the payroll. He hasn't sold a single policy and the closest he came to it was a guy who died before they could complete the required physical! In fact, after further screw ups, Wright has finally had enough and tells him to get lost. Soon afterwords, Hope meets up with a stranger (Wendell Corey--in an odd bit of casting) who buys a huge policy. Wright is so happy he rehires Hope. Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent the new policy holder is Jesse James and Wright is worried this policy will bankrupt them, as EVERYONE seems to want James dead! So, he sends Hope out west--to find Jesse and stay with him to prevent an early demise or give him a refund and cancel the policy. Along the way, Hope has various cute encounters with tough guys and Rhonda Fleming. I don't want to say more, but this mildly amusing farce works up to a wonderful finale and was a was worth my time. Not a great film but pretty good.