PINEVILLE — From his legendary career robbing banks and trains to his untimely death at the hands of a man he trusted in St. Joseph, Mo., Missouri outlaw Jesse James remains the subject of stories and speculation. Although his stomping grounds were north of the area, a movie made about James in 1938 led to a local festival that continues today.

PINEVILLE — From his legendary career robbing banks and trains to his untimely death at the hands of a man he trusted in St. Joseph, Mo., Missouri outlaw Jesse James remains the subject of stories and speculation. Although his stomping grounds were north of the area, a movie made about James in 1938 led to a local festival that continues today.

The annual Jesse James Day is now under way in Pineville, the site where a 1938 Technicolor movie about James was filmed.

Local legend has it that Hollywood scouts decided that Pineville, offered the ideal rustic appeal to film the movie. By the time Hollywood arrived to make the picture, however, the story goes that Pineville wanted to present a modern appearance. Whatever happened, the paved Courthouse Square in Pineville was covered with 400 truckloads of dirt and every trace of anything modern was removed from the downtown businesses, all to turn the clock back approximately 70 years to provide the right setting for the Jesse James and his gang.

The movie starred Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, and Randolph Scott, all of which were top ranking Hollywood stars at the time.

Anyone who hasn't seen the movie will have the opportunity to view it again this year, during Jesse James Days because it will be shown continuously during the event in the McDonald County Historical Museum housed in the McDonald County Historical Museum in Pineville.

A carnival is open on the square after 6 p.m. each evening through Saturday. Other events will include a Frisbee throw for kids ages 0 to 12, with prizes, begins at 7 p.m. nightly, a pie auction at 8 p.m. on Friday and live entertainment with several bands each evening. A raffle for a 2004 Dodge will also take place.

Running With The Outlaws, a 5k run, takes place Saturday at 8 a.m.

The annual parade will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The traditional barbecue chicken dinners will be served after the parade in the community building.

Arts and crafts booths will be set up around the square and there will be a staged bank robbery.

This year's Jesse James Days runs through Saturday, Aug. 18.

All money raised goes to the Pineville Fire Department to operate with for the next year.

During the filming of the movie, many locals served as extras.

For more information about the annual event, commemorating the making of Jesse James in 1938, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JesseJamesPineville/