HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
1917
Tree House, The
Sputnik
Seducao da Carne
Yes, God, Yes
Five Graves to Cairo
You've Been Trumped Too
Woman in Black, The
Elvis: That's the Way It Is
Man Who Laughs, The
Watch List
Giraffe
Kat and the Band
Echo
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
   
 
Newest Articles
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
   
 
  Along Came Jones Saddle sore
Year: 1945
Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, Dan Duryea, Frank Sully, Don Costello, Walter Sande, Russell Simpson, Arthur Loft, Willard Robertson, Ray Teal, Lane Chandler
Genre: Western, Comedy, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: Riding into Payneville, easy-going cowboy Melody Jones (Gary Cooper) is mighty perplexed as to why everyone in town seems scared of him. When beautiful Cherry de Longpre (Loretta Young) saves Melody and his crusty old sidekick George (William Demarest) she explains he has been mistaken for a violent outlaw named Monte Jarrad. The real Jarrad (Dan Duryea) is recuperating from a gunshot wound at Cherry's ranch after robbing a stagecoach. Cherry tries to sneak Melody out of town, partly to save his life but also draw the posse off her boyfriend Monte's trail. Melody however is too taken with Cherry to ride away. Seizing his chance to be a hero he tangles with both the law and Monte's gang, leading to an inevitable showdown.

The only film produced by star Gary Cooper, Along Came Jones is a quirky serio-comic western that presents the iconic leading man in a different light. Though still very much the hero, Melody is a far cry from the stoic, taciturn figures Cooper portrayed in most of his westerns. He is essentially a lovable doofus. Comically inept with a gun, albeit quick-witted, Melody bumbles into then bluffs his way out of one sticky situation after another, relying largely on sheer bravado, dumb luck or else the timely intervention of Loretta Young's delightfully feisty heroine. Prolific screenwriter and occasional director Nunnally Johnson, who retains a possessory credit in the opening titles even though the film is based on a novel by Alan Le May, spins a charming yarn in which the hero more or less tries to act like Gary Cooper. Drunk on love along with his first real flush of danger, Melody tries to live up to a heroic ideal allowing Cooper to spoof his own image. A priceless scene early on has him lecture George about the proper way to swagger in and make an immediate impression on the townsfolk.

With its wordplay laden dialogue, folksy mid-western humour, eccentric characters and occasional jarring detours into straight violence, Along Came Jones plays somewhat like a precursor to a Coen Brothers film. It tells a far simpler story but one well handled throughout. Right from the first few scenes Stuart Heisler establishes a deft mix of comedy and suspense then sustains the delicate balance throughout, allowing both elements to feed each other. Fluid camera-work and evocative lighting make the most of a sparse production but the key elements remain Johnson's wittily sweet-natured script and the performances. Cooper is at his most amiable, striking romantic sparks with Young in a surprisingly affecting love story. An especially charming touch has Melody, who is not quite as dumb as he seems, see through each of Cherry's contrived sob stories only to play along anyway out of love. Delivering a nuanced turn as the heroine with a pleasingly broad character arc, Young emphasizes Cherry's brains, bravery and resolve without neglecting her vulnerability as she grows to realize Monte Jarrad is no longer the man she loved.

Deceptively straightforward, Along Came Jones is full of subtly oddball or disorientating moments. Such as the stubbornly reoccurring calamities that keep stranding Melody and Cherry in the same bullet-ridden shack. Or a tense confrontation that plays out while hero and villain disrobe in front of each other. It ends with a surprisingly brutal showdown that has Melody momentarily uncertain as to whose side Cherry is really on. Although the film remains upbeat throughout the hero pays a price for chasing his ambitions towards machismo and the message seems to be happy domesticity is a much saner alternative. Even in the wild untamed west. Along the way Gary Cooper performs the song "I'm a Lonesome Cowboy" that later became the signature tune of French comic book hero Lucky Luke.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 1008 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: