Along Came Jones (1945) - Rotten Tomatoes

Along Came Jones (1945)





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Gary Cooper added "producer" alongside "star" on his resume with this light-hearted Western about a mild-mannered cowboy (Cooper) who drifts into a small town with his sidekick (William Demarest). Naturally, he's mistaken for a notorious highway robber (Dan Duryea), although he can barely handle a gun. His impersonation of the menacing gunman falls apart when his skills are put to the test, and he faces certain doom when challenged by the returning gunman himself. In the end, however, our hero defeats the villain and even ends up with his girl (Loretta Young). A send-up of both Western clichés and Cooper's own heroic persona, Along Came Jones is brisk, amusing entertainment.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nunnally Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


Gary Cooper
as Melody Jones
Loretta Young
as Cherry de Longpre
William Demarest
as George Fury
Dan Duryea
as Monte Jarrad
Frank Sully
as Cherry's Brother
Russell Simpson
as Pop de Longpre
Arthur Loft
as Sheriff
Willard Robertson
as Luke Packard
Don Costello
as Gledhill
Ray Teal
as Kriendler
Walter Sande
as Ira Waggoner
Frank Cordell
as Coach Guard
Lou Davis
as Coach Passenger
Ed Randolph
as Coach Passenger
Tommy Coats
as Coach Passenger
Tony Roux
as Old Mexican
Paul Sutton
as Man at Bar
Lane Watson
as Town Character
Paul E. Burns
as Small Man
Chris-Pin Martin
as Store Proprietor
Jack Baxley
as Rancher On Street
Ralph Dunn
as Cotton
Geoffrey Ingham
as Card Player
John Merton
as Card Player
Tom Herbert
as Card Player
Charles Morton
as Fat Card Player
Lee Phelps
as Deputy
Billy Engle
as Wagon Driver
Hank Bell
as Posse
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Critic Reviews for Along Came Jones

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Hamstrung by its mechanical plot devices.

Full Review… | January 16, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Smooth, entertaining Western comedy about a cowpoke mistaken for a gunslinger

November 28, 2005
Film Journal International

March 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for Along Came Jones


Filmed nearly entirely on a soundstage (what in the name of heaven were they thinking, an indoor Western?!?), produced by Coop himself, written by Nunnally Johnson, and meant as a kitschy send-up of the usual stonyfaced Westerns, this effort tries way too hard to be funny and therefore only manages to feel way too contrived. An "A" for effort goes to William Demerest, Dan Duryea, the sidekick and the villain respectively, and to the set design department for giving the thing that ol' college try though.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Along came a stupid western, is more like it. Good actors, bad plot.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Cute, tongue in cheek romance Western. None of the corny stuff or forced humor often seen in old Westerns. A gem.

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