Along Came Jones (film)
|Along Came Jones|
|Directed by||Stuart Heisler|
|Produced by||Gary Cooper|
Walter Thompson (assoc. producer)
|Written by||Nunnally Johnson|
Alan Le May (novel)
|Music by||Arthur Lange|
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Edited by||Thomas Neff|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
Along Came Jones is a 1945 Western comedy film starring Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, and Dan Duryea, in which Cooper mercilessly spoofs his own slow-talking cowboy persona. The movie was adapted by Nunnally Johnson from the novel Useless Cowboy by Alan Le May, and directed by Stuart Heisler.
Much of the movie was shot at the widely filmed Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. This was the only feature film produced by Cooper during his long movie career, and he had roots at Iverson, having worked there in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) and other productions. Cooper had a Western town built at the movie ranch for Along Came Jones, which was then used in many other productions during the next 10-plus years and became a fixture in B-Westerns in particular.
Easygoing Melody Jones (Gary Cooper) and his friend George Fury (William Demarest) wander into a town. Jones is mistaken for a wanted bandit named Monte Jarrad (Dan Duryea), which causes him no end of trouble. Meanwhile, the real Jarrad is hiding out in the home of his girl, Cherry de Longpre (Loretta Young). At first, she tries to use the newcomer to distract the townsfolk, but as she gets to know Jones, her feelings start to change.
- Gary Cooper as Melody Jones
- Loretta Young as Cherry de Longpre
- William Demarest as George Fury
- Dan Duryea as Monte Jarrad
- Frank Sully as Avery de Longpre
- Don Costello as Leo Gledhill
- Walter Sande as Ira Waggoner
- Russell Simpson as Pop de Longpre
- Arthur Loft as Sheriff
- Willard Robertson as Luke Packard
- Ray Teal as Kriendler
- Lane Chandler as Boone
Martin and Porter's DVD guide describes Along Came Jones as a "[h]ighly watchable comic western," giving it a rating of 4 out of 5 ("Very Good").
In popular culture
The film's ironic title probably inspired the popular 1959 Coasters song "Along Came Jones" written by Leiber and Stoller; songwriter Mike Stoller had studied orchestration under Arthur Lange, the composer of the film's score.
- "Along Came Jones: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- Mick Martin and Marsha Porter (2006). DVD and Video Guide 2007, Ballantine Books, p. 26.
- "'Hollywood' Star". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 21, 1946. p. 17. Retrieved September 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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