A good-natured saddle tramp traveling with his sidekick, is mistaken for a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head.

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Riding into Payneville, easy-going cowboy Melody Jones is mistaken by the townsfolk for notorious gunman Monte Jarrad. The real Jarrad is hiding out wounded on the ranch of childhood sweetheart Cherry. She has the idea of sending Jones off to decoy the pursuing posse, but once he's met Cherry, Jones has other plans. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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19 July 1945 (USA)  »

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Loretta Young was pregnant with her son Christopher Lewis during shooting and was told by her doctor to take it easy because of all the horseback riding she had to do during filming. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Loretta Young is showing Gary Cooper her shooting skills. There is a closeup of Cooper's hat and you can see the place where the "bullet" is going to appear. See more »

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Melody Jones: But you don't want to forget: when a posse makes a mistake, it's a mighty hard thing to unmake.
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A sly satire of the very genre in which it resides
19 January 2000 | by (www.Korova.com) – See all my reviews

Even fans of Gary Cooper may not see the artistry in his performance, but that's not what makes this film special. Nunnally Johnson's script is the thing, and it's a pretty lightweight thing, with subtle repetition, satire, and tongue firmly in cheek. Filmed like a western b-movie, played as a self-aware western b-movie, with all the cliches and set pieces intact, including indoor back projection riding scenes and more than one "stick 'em up" scenario. Your first tip-off should be the wanted poster for "Monte Jarrad, often in the company of Uncle Roscoe something." I can't imagine that Cooper and Demerest (as his sidekick) didn't have a grand time playing against the stereotype established by John Wayne and Walter Brennan. Don't take it seriously, just enjoy....


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