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  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Jones is a stunt double for the temperamental and fragile cowboy star Withers. When Jones goes for leading lady Twelvetrees, Withers gets angry and attempts to frame the stunt man without success. But Jones gets caught in the middle of a bank robbery and despite his innocence he is jailed. His real-life younger brother Dickie Jones helps him escape and...read more

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Jones is a stunt double for the temperamental and fragile cowboy star Withers. When Jones goes for leading lady Twelvetrees, Withers gets angry and attempts to frame the stunt man without success. But Jones gets caught in the middle of a bank robbery and despite his innocence he is jailed.

His real-life younger brother Dickie Jones helps him escape and Jones becomes a hero when he captures the real robbers. A neat backstage look at cowboy films, with the tricks behind a lot of the seemingly dangerous stunts shown. The story has a certain charm and Jones is wonderful in his role.

Jones was forty-seven when he made HOLLYWOOD ROUNDUP, long past his palmy days as a western matinee hero, having reached stardom as early as 1920. He was, along with Tim McCoy, Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson and a handful of other western stars, a real rugged man of the saddle who shook his head in

disappointment at the appearance in the late 1930s of the new cowboy heroes of the screen, chiefly Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, who sang their ways along the trails, wore spotless stetsons, drew silverplated pistols and never got an ounce of dirt beneath a fingernail. While on a WW II bond tour,

Jones died in the inferno that engulfed Boston's posh Cocoanut Grove nightclub on November 11, 1942, where 491 persons lost their lives. He was a hero to the end, repeatedly going into the flames to rescue several persons before a wall of fire closed over this man of true grit.

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