Destry Rides Again

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • UPC: 025192120923
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,877

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
Richard Alexander Cowboy
Billy Bletcher Pianist
Virginia Brissac Sophie Claggett
Loren B. Brown Juggler
Dora Clement Woman
Bill Cody Jr. Small Boy
Harry Cording Rowdy
Carmen D'Antonio Dancer
Harold DeGarro Juggler
Lloyd Ingraham Turner, the Express Agent
Dick Jones Eli Whitney Claggett
Joseph King Sheriff Keogh
Edmund MacDonald Rockwell
Bud McClure Stage Driver
Philo McCullough Bartender
Bob McKenzie Doctor
William Steele
Harry Tenbrook Stage Rider
Ann E. Todd Claggett Girl
Chief John Big Tree Indian in Saloon
Minerva Urecal Mrs. DeWitt
Lillian Yarbo Clara
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
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
            English
      Subtitles
         Español
         Français
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific Old Film

    This is what they mean when they call a film a Classic. It's a completely satisfying, escapist film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    A very humorous, very entertaining western

    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.

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