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Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 29 December 1939 (USA)
When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Felix Jackson (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Frenchy
James Stewart ... Thomas Jefferson 'Tom' Destry Jr.
Mischa Auer ... Boris Alexandrovich Callahan (Savogrin)
Charles Winninger ... Washington 'Wash' Dimsdale
Brian Donlevy ... Kent
Allen Jenkins ... Gyp Watson
Warren Hymer ... Bugs Watson
Irene Hervey ... Janice Tyndall
Una Merkel ... Lily Belle Callahan Savogrin
Billy Gilbert ... Loupgerou
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Hyram J. Slade
Jack Carson ... Jack Tyndall
Tom Fadden ... Lem Claggett
Virginia Brissac ... Ma Sophie Claggett
Edmund MacDonald ... Rockwell (as Edmund Macdonald)
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Storyline

Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers. The mayor, who is in cahoots with Kent appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale, as the new sheriff assuming that he'll be easy to control. But what the mayor doesn't know is that Dimsdale was a deputy under famous lawman, Tom Destry, and is able to call upon the equally formidable Tom Destry Jr to be his deputy. Featuring a career reviving performance from Marlene Dietrich as bar singer Frenchie, which could well have been the inspiration for Madeline Kahn's "Blazing Saddles" character, Lili Von Schtupp. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destry Rides Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$345,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1996 See more »

Goofs

Destry is shooting the knobs off of a sign to show his expert marksmanship and his knowledge of how to handle pistols. Before he shoots the last knob off the sign the Colt pistol he is using goes off prematurely and shoots into the air. Therefore, he could not have shot the last knob off the sign. See more »

Quotes

Tom Destry Jr.: He reminds me of a little kid I used to know. He done in both his pa and ma with a crowbar.
Washington Dimsdale: No!
Tom Destry Jr.: Yes, he did. Now the judge said to him, "Do you got anything to say for yourself?". And the kid said, "Well I just hope that Your Honor has some regard for the feelings of a poor orphan."
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Referenced in World on a Wire (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Got That Look
(1939) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Sung by Marlene Dietrich
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Stewart gets handed the mop and cleans up the town
11 December 1998 | by kayesterSee all my reviews

Jimmy Stewart, in the title role, is a pleasure to watch and listen to. The economy he brings to the role is surpassed only by his drollness. Marlene Dietrich is magical and when she and Stewart get together, it may not be exactly sparks but there sure is some heat.

This is one of the finer westerns of the period. It holds up very well into the 90s. The supporting characters are well cast and bring a nice feel of variety to the tiny town of Bottlenck.


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