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The Great Missouri Raid (1951)

Approved | | Western | February 1951 (USA)
In this Western, the James and Younger boys ride the outlaw trail again all because of a mean Union Army Major.


Gordon Douglas


Frank Gruber (novel), Frank Gruber (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Corey ... Frank James
Macdonald Carey ... Jesse James
Ellen Drew ... Bee Moore
Ward Bond ... Maj. Marshal Trowbridge
Bruce Bennett ... Cole Younger / Steve Brill
Bill Williams ... Jim Younger
Anne Revere ... Mrs. Samuels
Edgar Buchanan ... Dr. Samuels
Lois Chartrand Lois Chartrand ... Mary Bauer
Louis Jean Heydt ... Charles Ford
Barry Kelley ... Mr. Bauer
James Millican ... Sgt. Trowbridge
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Bob Younger
Guy Wilkerson ... Clell Miller
Ethan Laidlaw ... Jim Cummings


In this Western, the James and Younger boys ride the outlaw trail again all because of a mean Union Army Major.

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Release Date:

February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les rebelles du Missouri See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamestown, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When one of the James brothers asked the bartender to pour him a beer, the beer glass was completely full of foam but when the bartender slid it down the bar it was full of beer with a slight head. See more »

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Okay Western, but Little More
7 August 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Following the Civil War the James brothers are constrained to take up banditry in order to survive. Nonetheless, old grudges from the war follow them and their gang, making a bad situation worse.

Entertaining Technicolor western, but nothing memorable. There's plenty of action though the locations never leave greater LA. The big pluses are Ward Bond at his most compelling and Ann Revere at her most motherly. On the downside, James's arch-nemesis Ward Bond is so persuasive that Carey and Corey as the James brothers pale in comparison. Frankly, neither of those two actors projects the kind of charisma or even screen presence to engage tension with their enemy, Bond. To me, this undercuts suspense between the two sides.

Then too, the massed gunplay appears poorly staged with volley after volley that appears to cause little or no damage to anyone or anything, especially with Jesse's unbloodied white shirt after being shot in the back. Thus, that crucial scene fails to persuade at even an elementary level. And please, why did Hollywood insist that every western leading lady had to look like she just stepped out of a beauty salon. Note here how spotless Drew and Chartrand appear no matter grimy the conditions or how unkempt the men. Anyway, it's a good chance to catch a big chunk of ace supporting players that fill out a big cast. Old movie fans may have a challenge picking out ones like Bruce Bennett or Bill Williams under all the whiskers and grime.

All in all, it's a western that never drags, nor spares on hiring extras, and is unfailingly good to look at. But unfortunately, the 80-minute entirety fails to rise above the mainly routine.

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