The Legend Of Jesse James (western, starring Chris Jones)

    (ABC Primetime, 1965 - 1966)

    [this mid-60s series did indeed try to create a "legend" more
     than tell the truth, by portraying Jesse James as a kind of
    "Robin Hood of the Old West" (to borrow a phrase -- this was 
     the phrase used to describe an earlier TV star -- the Cisco
     Kid about 15 years earlier.)

     The problem was that this one-season series stretched the
     historical truth and credibility to the breaking point in
     making such a claim for the younger brother of the James gang;

     Allen Case played the role of brother Frank, and their mother
     was played by Ann Doran; a frustrated pursuing U. S. marshall
     named Sam Corbett rounded out the cast, played by Robert Wilke]

Theme: "The Legend Of Jesse James (M [& E])"

    [title on THEME manuscript, according to TV theme collector 
     Ray Clark, is...
     aka: "Gold-Hungry Gun";

     ASCAP title variations...
     aka: "Legend Of Jesse James Th[eme]";

     The Ken Darby Singers (who sang the Wyatt Earp THEME) also
     sang this one as well...

     Contributor D. Schecter confirmed the name "Gold-Hungry Gun"
     as the title of the THEME with composer Irving Gertz]

     Composers: music by Irving Gertz (ASCAP) and
                lyric by Kenneth Lorin ("Ken") Darby (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Miller Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Twentieth Century-Fox Music Corp. (ASCAP)
                        c/o WB Music Co.
                        of Los Angeles, CA

    [Registered for copyright as "The Legend of Jesse James (Gold-Hungry Gun)"]:
     Unpublished Copyright Date: Aug. 9, 1965; EU 895 815.
     Unpublished Renewal   Date:


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