Destry Rides Again

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Overview

Tom Destry James Stewart, son of a legendary frontier peacekeeper, doesn't believe in gunplay. Thus he becomes the object of widespread ridicule when he rides into the wide-open town of Bottleneck, the personal fiefdom of the crooked Kent Brian Donlevy. His detractors laugh even louder when Destry signs on as deputy to drunken sheriff Wash Dimsdale Charles Winninger. But the laughter subsides when Destry casually proves himself a crack shot, despite his abhorrence of firearms. Later, when saloon chanteuse Frenchy...
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Overview

Tom Destry James Stewart, son of a legendary frontier peacekeeper, doesn't believe in gunplay. Thus he becomes the object of widespread ridicule when he rides into the wide-open town of Bottleneck, the personal fiefdom of the crooked Kent Brian Donlevy. His detractors laugh even louder when Destry signs on as deputy to drunken sheriff Wash Dimsdale Charles Winninger. But the laughter subsides when Destry casually proves himself a crack shot, despite his abhorrence of firearms. Later, when saloon chanteuse Frenchy Marlene Dietrich, Kent's gal, takes umbrage at Destry's indifferent reaction to her charms, she vows to make a fool of the new deputy. A huge moneymaker, Destry Rides Again served as a spectacular comeback for Marlene Dietrich, who two years earlier had been written off as "box office poison."
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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: 5/6/1992
  • UPC: 096898035231
  • Original Release: 1939
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

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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  • 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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