Adventures of Frank and Jesse James

Adventures of Frank and Jesse James is a 1948 Republic film serial directed by Fred C. Brannon and Yakima Canutt and starring Clayton Moore, Steve Darrell, Noel Neill, George J. Lewis, John Crawford, and Sam Flint.

Adventures of Frank and Jesse James
Directed byFred C. Brannon
Yakima Canutt
Produced byFranklin Adreon
Written byFranklin Adreon
Basil Dickey
Sol Shor
StarringClayton Moore
Steve Darrell
Noel Neill
George J. Lewis
John Crawford
Sam Flint
CinematographyJohn MacBurnie
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
October 30, 1948 (1948-10-30)[1]
Running time
13 chapters / 180 minutes (serial)[1]
Budget$149,985 (negative cost: $149,805)[1]



Adventures of Frank and Jesse James was budgeted at $149,985 although the final negative cost was $149,805 (a $180, or 0.1%, under spend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1948, despite having one more chapter than the other two serials.[1]

It was filmed between 5 April and 26 April 1948.[1] The serial's production number was 1700.[1]

This was the fourth of only four 13-chapter serials to be released by Republic. The previous three were released in 1947, the only original serials released in that year.[1]



Adventures of Frank and Jesse James' official release date is 30 October 1948, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

This was followed by a re-release of Darkest Africa, re-titled as King of Jungleland, instead of a new serial. The next new serial, Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc., followed in 1949.[1]

The serial was re-released on 16 April 1956 between the similar re-releases of Manhunt of Mystery Island and King of the Rocket Men. The last original Republic serial release was King of the Carnival in 1955.[1]


Special effects

Chapter titles

  1. Agent of Treachery (20min)
  2. The Hidden Witness (13min 20s)
  3. The Lost Tunnel (13min 20s)
  4. Blades of Death (13min 20s)
  5. Roaring Wheels (13min 20s)
  6. Passage to Danger (13min 20s)
  7. The Secret Code (13min 20s)
  8. Doomed Cargo (13min 20s)
  9. The Eyes of the Law (13min 20s)
  10. The Stolen Body (13min 20s)
  11. Suspicion/The Death Trap (13min 20s)[2] - a re-cap chapter
  12. Talk or Die! (13min 20s)
  13. Unmasked (13min 20s)


See also


  1. Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 106–107. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. "Suspicion" is recorded as the title of the eleventh chapter in William C. Cline's In the Nick of Time while "The Death Trap" is recorded as the title in Jack Mathis' Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 247. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)
Republic Serial
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948)
Succeeded by
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc (1949)
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