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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 »

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(at around 26 mins) As Cooper and Young ride away from Demarest on horses, just before the scene cuts there are four power lines behind their heads. See more »

Quotes

George Fury: You always want to shoot them in their right eye. It spoils their aim.
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Playing the wrong melody
14 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Poor Melody Jones, a simple soul, a good cowboy who has never really developed skill with firearms, gets himself mistaken for notorious western badman Monty Jarrad. Same general build, same initials and both are known to hang around with a cantankerous old timer. A recipe for trouble?

For Melody yes, but for the viewer it's a recipe for one of the best comic westerns ever made. Gary Cooper who produced as well as starred in this film, seems to be having a grand old time spoofing all the western heroes that people like he have played for years.

Quite a few stock western types are here. Loretta Young is the killer's girlfriend, a Calamity Jane type who's pretty accurate with a rifle fortunately. William Demarest is the cantankerous old timer sidekick, he could have had a great career portraying those had he stuck to westerns. And Dan Duryea is just fine as the real Monty Jarrad who's coming back to his hometown to get the loot he's stashed there.

Cooper as Melody gets in one fix after another at almost a dizzying pace. His final showdown with Dan Duryea must have influenced John Ford when he made The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Though this is a comedy and Ford's film was deadly serious, the showdown between Cooper and Duryea is quite serious.

I'm also sure that Mel Brooks was influenced by Along Came Jones when he created his classic Blazing Saddles.

Thank you to director Stuart Heisler and writer Nunnally Johnson for creating a fabulously funny film.


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