That he was wounded in the robbery and cannot get to a doctor yet has increased his worst habits. I love the Coasters' hit song of the same name as this film, penned by the great Leiber and Stoller partnership from a few years later than this and before watching, had hoped it had been inspired by a rollickingly funny and richly entertaining movie. After picking up the debut Grime album by Dizzee Rascal as you do! Would have succeeded better with less talk and characters and more gags and action. Melody does have some smarts though, and realizes what she's doing. She knows that they are not the robbers and gets them out before they accidentally get shot! Right off the bat, you have to accept that Gary Cooper and Dan Duryea look alike, which of course they don't, but supposedly almost everyone in the film who knows the bad guy Duryea hasn't seen him in several years, and they mistake Cooper for him. The action sequences are pretty inactive, to be frank, the laughs are few and far between Jones' hat falling off every time he enters a room is about the height of the humour , conveyed by pretty lumpen direction and by the end you realise that the film is something of an epitaph for the comedy-western genre. Luckily - or, unluckily, I was never sure - the girl is one uncanny sharpshooter.
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. Cooper isn't called on to do much acting but he's such a likable guy and sits a horse with such familiarity that he brings something to the role. Dan Duryea is the perfect villain in this enjoyable amusement. Gary Cooper, along with very few others in Hollywood at the time this movie was made, 1945 had the ability of so many facial and physical nuances of comic dimensions as Coop did. He never overplays it or hams it up. But I kept thinking what a wonderful character actor William Demarest was; I've often underrated his versatility. William Demarest is the cantankerous old timer sidekick, he could have had a great career portraying those had he stuck to westerns.
Krasner who was also the cinematographer on How The West Was Won give the outdoor scenes a breezy lightness,as the baking hot sun covers the land,that causes Jones to have to run to the nearest building for cover. The worst part of the film was the obvious cheap looking way they rode along on their horses in front of a projection screen. Loretta Young is great as well. Even worse that that is the fact that you can't really tell, from the overall film, how we audiences are supposed to take the movie. Cooper, of course, is calling all the shots here—especially when poking fun at the cowboy persona he has previously established in other pictures. Its actually funnier the second time you see it,once you get over the slightly muddled plot,you take more notice of the dialogue second time around. It's huge fun finding out.
But the man who steals the show is the great William Demarest. His droll pal George sees the downside though, knowing Melody couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a big rock, much less his gun! But why it took her so long to realize the truth just is not settled. Loretta Young saves Cooper's hide more than once in this mildly funny and rather slow-moving film. Meanwhile, Dan Duryea is on hand as the villain what else , which makes us take some of this a bit more seriously. Gary Cooper and his buddy, William Demarest wander into a small town and Cooper is mistaken for a desperado who just robbed the stage coach. While I love a well-made Western, I think most Hollywood Westerns of the 30s, 40s and 50s were incredibly formulaic and routine.
Along Came Jones is directed by Stuart Heisler and adapted to screenplay by Nunnally Johnson from the Alan Le May novel The Useless Cowboy. True to Hollywood standards, Young falls for Cooper. It is almost a parody of the exaggerated gestures in some silent films featuring matinee idols. The good folk of the town know that Duryea is headed their way, and they back off, right scared to death, when they spot Cooper. The most memorable thing about this film are the various kisses between Cooper and Young, which are certainly a lot different than what was being done at the time.
The only thing that didn't come off well was the special-specials, but they weren't much back in the days of this film but they are very dated now. The men are surprised by how everybody seems to be especially nice to Melody, almost as if they're afraid of him. Every line that comes out of his mouth is better just for him having said it. The film tries going for wilder laughs but this goes against the type of acting Cooper is doing so I think this is the main reason the laughs didn't work. But this plot is very different than most any western you've seen before, and it will hold your attention. However, the latter has a smaller role than usual. The Sheriff ultimately saves the town but they didn't ask for it and they certainly didn't deserve it.
William Demarest is George, Melody's friend. A genial and somewhat wimpy comedy, diverting, but no more than that. She bails Melody out of a few pickles, ostensibly as a good samaritan, but, in reality, she's providing a distraction so as to give her crooked man a chance to get away. An unusual and funny western that is great for a lazy weekend. The comedy is in the situation itself, and it's a little bland after the first fifteen minutes. Most of these scenes were obviously filmed indoors and technically were quite funny. So, there's Melody in a peculiar situation, everyone in Payneville lookin' at him fearful but also like he's a celebrity.
He was just too much of an easy-going guy to put up with all the cutthroat decision-making hassles that went with the job. It also features an interesting cast, with names like Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest and Dan Duryea. Cooper plays Melody Jones, a cowpoke from Montana who breaks wild horses. An intelligent side-kick, a powerful woman, and a humorous script. I liked the inclusion of a top-break revolver, also. Loretta Young is his love interest Cherry de Longpre - she helps out Mr.
While this film is far from great, I appreciated how at least those who made the film tried to make something different than the usual insipid Western. However, the few scenes where they are filming with a backdrop screen sort of ruin that effect. Instead of the usual idiotic supporting character he usually played in the 30s and 40s especially in Preston Sturgess films , his supporting role was pretty serious and he effectively played a slightly older tough cowboy, so he was effective without being overly comical--I liked that. That silly premise gives way to a funny comedy written by Nunnally Johnson, one of the best men in this field in the Hollywood of that era, and directed by Stuart Heisler. But the naive cowboy is in love with Cherry and decides to return to the ranch instead against the will of his friend George. Cooper knows nothing of this but, seeing the respect he's paid, assumed a constantly threatening demeanor, most consisting of lowering his right eyelid, and comes to believe he's finally being shown the respect he has earned, although he's a nobody. Whatever the filmmakers intended missed, obviously.