The James Brothers of Missouri

The James Brothers of Missouri is a 1949 Republic film serial.

The James Brothers of Missouri
Directed byFred C. Brannon
Produced byFranklin Adreon
Written byRoyal Cole
William Lively
Sol Shor
StarringKeith Richards
Robert Bice
Noel Neill
Roy Barcroft
Patricia Knox
Lane Bradford
Music byStanley Wilson
CinematographyEllis W. Carter
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 1949 (1949-08-31) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
12 chapters / 167 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$164,986 (negative cost: $164,757)[1]



The James Brothers of Missouri was budgeted at $164,986 although the final negative cost was $164,757 (a $229, or 0.1%, under spend).[1]

It was filmed between 6 July and 27 July 1949.[1] The serial's production number was 1705.[1]


Special effects

Special effects created by the Lydecker brothers.



The James Brothers of Missouri's official release date is 31 August 1949, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

Critical reception

Cline dismisses this serial as a "quick warm-over" of the first two Jesse James serials.[2]

Chapter titles

  1. Frontier Renegades (20min)
  2. Racing Peril (13min 20s)
  3. Danger Road (13min 20s)
  4. Murder at Midnight (13min 20s)
  5. Road to Oblivion (13min 20s)
  6. Missouri Manhunt (13min 20s)
  7. Hangman's Noose (13min 20s)
  8. Coffin on Wheels (13min 20s)
  9. Dead Man's Return (13min 20s)
  10. Galloping Gunslingers (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  11. The Haunting Past (13min 20s)
  12. Fugitive's Code (13min 20s)


See also


  1. Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 114–115. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 42. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 249. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
King of the Rocket Men (1949)
Republic Serial
The James Brothers of Missouri (1949)
Succeeded by
Radar Patrol vs Spy King (1949)
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