Along Came Jones (1945)

Genres - Comedy, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Western, Parody/Spoof  |   Release Date - Jun 20, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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 clich├ęs and Cooper's own heroic persona, Along Came Jones is brisk, amusing entertainment.

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danger, courage, false-accusation, mistaken-identity, on-the-run, photography, rescue, romance, sharpshooter