Bitter Heritage

Bitter Heritage is a 1958 American TV movie. It was directed by Paul Wendkos.

Bitter Heritage
Directed byPaul Wendkos
Screenplay byJoseph Landon
StarringFranchot Tone
Release date
Running time
90 mins

It was originally written for Playhouse 90.[1] Then the widow of Jesse James Jnr lodged an injunction with Screen Gems claiming invasion of privacy.[2] The court turned down the injunction.[3]


The story of Jesse James's peace loving son and his uncle Frank.



The Los Angeles Times called the show "a corker" with "superb" work from the cast.[4]


  1. ASNE to air president's talk. (1958, Apr 16). The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. Special to The New York Times. (1958, Apr 16). TV PACT RATIFIED BY FILM ACTORS. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. Widow fails to halt TV show. (1958, Apr 17). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. Smith, C. (1958, Apr 21). THE TV SCENE. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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