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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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Official Sites:

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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

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 »

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 then back to their original positions. This is likely due to that segment of the film being accidentally edited upside down. See more »

Quotes

Melody Jones: [to Cherry, lying down on the bed] Watcha got in this mattress... skulls?
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An Entertaining Western Farce
10 May 2004 | by afn41126See all my reviews

This is an entertaining western farce but you'll probably never find yourself laughing out loud, except at the purposely horrible rear projection scenes when they're "riding." Gary Cooper is wonderful at playing a doofus (from what I have read, it wasn't much of a stretch).

It is interesting to compare Melody Jones in this movie with the sheriff in "High Noon." The Sheriff is a competent, confident gunman with a preternatural sense of what is right. The Sheriff ultimately saves the town but they didn't ask for it and they certainly didn't deserve it. Melody Jones is a loveable goofball with no gun skills and a confidence which derives from a perfectly nuanced obliviousness to the reality of the violence he faces. Melody figures out the girl is in trouble and for no good reason decides he's going to help her even though she hasn't asked for any help and she's set him up to be hunted down by a revenge (and bounty) hungry posse.

In the end, it's the girl who has to save Melody as well as herself. And the girl, Loretta Young is the absolute best reason for watching this movie. She is gorgeous.

This movie is also surprisingly violent and the violence is surprisingly graphic. It begins with a deadly robbery and ends with bloody bullet hole in the center of Dan Duryea's forehead.

"Along Came Jones" is worth watching but not really worth owning.


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