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Along Came Jones (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 19 July 1945 (USA)
A good-natured saddle tramp traveling with his sidekick, is mistaken for a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, Alan Le May (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Melody Jones
Loretta Young ... Cherry de Longpre
William Demarest ... George Fury
Dan Duryea ... Monte Jarrad
Frank Sully ... Avery de Longpre
Don Costello ... Leo Gledhill
Walter Sande ... Ira Waggoner
Russell Simpson ... Pop de Longpre
Arthur Loft ... Sheriff
Willard Robertson ... Luke Packard
Ray Teal ... Kriendler
Lane Chandler ... Boone
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Storyline

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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IT'S THE WEST AT ITS BEST! WITH ROOTIN'...TOOTIN'...SHOOTIN' COOPER! (original ad - all caps)


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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Cowboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Cooper's first effort as an independent producer through his company Cinema Artists Corp. It was the only feature film produced by Cooper during his movie career. See more »

Goofs

The opening shot during the credits depicts a stagecoach being pulled by 6 horses, 3 white horses on the left and 3 dark horses on the right; the very next shot, all the horses switch sides, with the white ones on the right and the dark ones on the left. After that, they switch back to their original positions. See more »

Quotes

Melody Jones: [to Cherry, lying down on the bed] Watcha got in this mattress... skulls?
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Entertaining Satire
20 September 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After robbing a stagecoach, the gunman Monte Jarrad (Dan Duryea) is wounded and hunted with a one thousand-dollar reward. Meanwhile, the clumsy cowboy Melody Jones (Gary Cooper) and his old partner George Fury (William Demaresi) ride through the wrong road and reach Payneville. When the locals see the initials MJ on Melody's saddle and his appearance, he is mistaken by the dangerous criminal. Melody believes that the respectful behavior is because he is an unsmiling man. Melody is saved from a shot by Cherry de Longpre (Loretta Young), who is Monte's girlfriend, and they head to her ranch where the hideout of the wounded Monte is. Cherry plots a plan sending Melody with Monte's saddle to the North to lure the posse while Monte heads to South. But the naive cowboy is in love with Cherry and decides to return to the ranch instead against the will of his friend George.

"Along Came Jones" is an entertaining satire of western movie. The naive story is silly in many moments, but the sweet Loretta Young is wonderful, showing a magnificent chemistry with the hilarious Gary Cooper. Dan Duryea is the perfect villain in this enjoyable amusement. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Pistoleiro do Destino" ("Gunman of the Destiny")


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