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directed by Stuart Heisler
USA 19


"Bronc stomper" Melody Jones rides into the sleepy little hamlet of Paynesville, with his saddle pal George, where the good townsfolk have mistaken Melody for another man with the initials "M.J." The gentleman in question is "Monte Jarrad," a bad hombre with a $1,000 price on his head for a recent stagecoach robbery. Unaware of the peril brought about by their presumed identities, Melody and George get a little help from Cherry De Longpre who's eager to get them out of town ahead of an anxious posse.

Cherry's motives aren't entirely pure, however, as she hopes her scheme will ensure the successful escape of her wounded boyfriend -- none other than the Monte Jarrad himself. But Melody becomes wise to Cherry's plotting and uses the situation to his advantage by trying to capture Jarrad, gain the reward and fame, all the while trying to escape the long arm of the law.

An actor who always rode tall in the saddle, Gary Cooper spoofs his laconic cowpoke image in Along Came Jones, playing an unconventional cowboy who can't even shoot straight! Loretta Young co-stars as Cherry, with William Demarest as Coop's loyal sidekick and Dan Duryea as the villainous Jarrad.

Based on the 1943 novel The Useless Cowboy by Alan Le May, Jones has great fun with the conventional movie Western, bolstered by an amusing script courtesy of Nunnally Johnson (who wrote Cooper's previous Casanova Brown). Directed by Stuart Heisler (The Glass Key), this sprightly comedy-western was the only time the Oscar winning Cooper added "producer" to his lengthy list of classic movie credits.


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.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE


Theatrical Release: July 19th, 1945

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Review: ClassicFlix - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Disc Size: 23,574,689,297 bytes

Feature Size: 22,446,624,768 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

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ClassicFlix Blu-ray



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Studio: ClassicFlix


Disc Size: 23,574,689,297 bytes

Feature Size: 22,446,624,768 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
Image Gallery

• Restoration Demo (4:09)

Blu-ray  Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 12



NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.


ADDITION: ClassicFlix - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (March 2018): ClassicFlix's 1080P presentation is prefaced by: "Time has not treated the film elements of Along Came Jones well. But we didn't want to let that stop us from restoring this delightful western and letting fans enjoy it in a presentation better than any seen since its original release in 1945. After performing a 4k resolution transfer from the best available source, millions of instances of dirt and scratches were removed, along with density flicker, jitter and warps. Enjoy!"


ClassicFlix's HD image still has some light damage - vertical scratches but the contrast is adept and has some very pleasing moments of detail in close-ups. The 4K restoration looks very decent in-motion.


ClassicFlix use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 Channel mono track (24-bit) that supports the film's western effects - guns and horse - and the score by Arthur Lange (99 River Street, Cry Danger), Hugo Friedhofer's (The Young Lions, Man in the Attic, Ace in the Hole, Body and Soul, Gilda) and Charles Maxwell (Grand Hotel). The audio suffers a bit but considering the film's age it is quite serviceable.  There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.   

Extras include an 'Image Gallery' and 4-minute restoration demo with split-screen clips identifying the improvement.

ClassicFlix continue to release desirable vintage films with classic stars. Along Came Jones is interesting in that Cooper plays against type as a bit of a bungler - and I love everything Loretta Young is in. This Blu-ray package isn't stacked but offers this fun western film in a 4K restoration as the best a/v to date.

 Gary Tooze

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