I Shot Jesse James | Chicago Reader

I Shot Jesse James

Samuel Fuller's directing debut (1949) is one of the most impressive on record, passionate and intense. Its protagonist is Robert Ford, the "dirty little coward / who shot Mr. Howard" in the back. Filmed almost entirely in close-up—the style that Jean-Luc Godard would later call "cine-fist"—this is agonizing, claustrophobic, and brilliant.



  • Samuel Fuller


  • Preston Foster
  • Barbara Britton
  • John Ireland
  • Reed Hadley
  • J. Bromberg
  • Victor Kilian
  • Barbara Woodell
  • Tom Tyler
  • Tom Noonan
  • Byron Foulger
  • Eddie Dunn
  • Jeni Le Gon
  • Robin Short
  • Philip Pine
  • Gene Collins
  • Margia Dean
  • Chuck Roberson


  • Homer Croy
  • Samuel Fuller


  • Carl K. Hittleman
  • Robert L. Lippert

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