Destry Rides Again

Destry Rides Again

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Director: George Marshall

Cast: George Marshall, James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Winninger

     
 

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George Marshall's 1939 Destry Rides Again is the oldest of Universal's westerns to yet show up on DVD, and it's been very nicely preserved, to judge from the results -- not only the picture, which is deep and detailed throughout, but the sound, which is clear and sharp, and mastered at an unexpectedly high volume for a film of this age; that attribute comes in

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George Marshall's 1939 Destry Rides Again is the oldest of Universal's westerns to yet show up on DVD, and it's been very nicely preserved, to judge from the results -- not only the picture, which is deep and detailed throughout, but the sound, which is clear and sharp, and mastered at an unexpectedly high volume for a film of this age; that attribute comes in especially handy when Marlene Dietrich sings a song. The picture is still a tiny bit darker than one would consider ideal, but it's so superior to the laserdisc release, and to any television presentation that this reviewer has seen in recent years as to be virtually beyond reproach. The print is clean enough so that one can fully appreciate the deliberately exaggerated bumping of the stagecoach ride in chapter 6, see Charles Winninger's reflection in the window he's standing in front of at 23 minutes in, and make out the fabric in every suit of clothes worn in the picture -- it's hard to criticize mastering like that. The 95 minute movie has been programmed with 20 chapters that are well named and well chosen. The disc opens automatically on a simple three-selection menu with the "Play" selection in the default position. There is no trailer or other special features, apart from a selection of English, Spanish, and French subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Destry Rides Again was a huge critical and box-office success in 1939, a year that had many critical and box-office successes and that is often considered to have produced more great films than any other year of the 20th century. Max Brand, the author of the source novel, is little remembered today, but in his era he was a prolific and popular writer who created such memorable screen successes as the Doctor Kildare series. Sadly, Brand was killed at the height of his career, while serving as a war correspondent in Italy during World War II. Brand's story was considerably changed for the screen, and as a result there are occasional inconsistencies of characterization for Destry, who sometimes seems a bit too inclined to fight for a pacifist. Yet, in Tom Destry, James Stewart creates one of the screen's most likable characters, and the film's success revived the career of Marlene Dietrich, who had been dumped from her studio contract by Paramount because of her temperamental behavior and perceived weak box-office appeal. The problem, though, proved to be not that audiences had tired of Dietrich but that they had tired of her in the melodramatic films that Paramount put her in. Free of Paramount, Dietrich found a broader range of work and once again became a bankable star.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
UPC:
0025192120923
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
7,098

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Tom Destry
Marlene Dietrich Frenchy
Charles Winninger Wash Dimsdale
Mischa Auer Boris Callahan
Brian Donlevy Kent
Irene Hervey Janice Tyndall
Allen Jenkins Gyp Watson
Una Merkel Lily Belle Callahan
Warren Hymer Bugs Watson
Tom Fadden Lem Claggett
Samuel S. Hinds Judge Hiram Slade
Billy Gilbert Loupqerou, the Bartender
Jack Carson Jack Tyndall
William Steele Actor
Loren B. Brown Juggler
Harold DeGarro Juggler
Virginia Brissac Sophie Claggett
Edmund MacDonald Rockwell
Lillian Yarbo Clara
Joseph King Sheriff Keogh
Ann E. Todd Claggett Girl
Dick Jones Eli Whitney Claggett
Harry Cording Rowdy
Bob McKenzie Doctor
Harry Tenbrook Stage Rider
Minerva Urecal Mrs. DeWitt
Billy Bletcher Pianist
Carmen D'Antonio Dancer
Chief John Big Tree Indian in Saloon
Bill Cody Small Boy
Lloyd Ingraham Turner, the Express Agent
Bud McClure Stage Driver
Philo McCullough Bartender
Richard Alexander Cowboy
Dora Clement Woman

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Miton Carruth Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Felix Jackson Screenwriter
Vernon Keays Asst. Director
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Henry Myers Screenwriter
Martin Obzina Art Director
Jack Otterson Art Director
Joe Pasternak Producer
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Gertrude Purcell Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [5:14]
2. A Card Game [4:21]
3. Sheriff Keogh [3:25]
4. The Chanteuse [2:28]
5. The New Sheriff [4:55]
6. Tom Destry, Jr. [8:03]
7. An Understanding [2:32]
8. Frenchy vs. Lily Belle [5:13]
9. "NO Guns" Destry [7:28]
10. The Claggett Ranch [4:32]
11. Being Neighborly [4:56]
12. "No Pants" Callahan [8:25]
13. Destry Meets the Mayor [1:44]
14. See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have [1:38]
15. Looking for Keogh [7:05]
16. The Cattle Toll [3:09]
17. The Jury [4:44]
18. Saying Goodbye [6:04]
19. Destry Takes Charge [7:48]
20. End Titles [:36]

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Destry Rides Again 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CopakeWillow More than 1 year ago
This is what they mean when they call a film a Classic. It's a completely satisfying, escapist film.
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This is one of my favorite films. James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich are great! The sheriff (a reformed drunk) is very funny!! When will this be out on DVD???? Can't wait.