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Destry Rides Again

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1939
  • George Marshall
  • 90 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western comedy drama starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Mild-mannered lawman Tom Destry is mocked by the inhabitants of Bottleneck when he tries to clean up the town. He soon comes up against Frenchy, a brassy showgirl and girlfriend of Kent, corrupt owner of the local saloon.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Remembered today for its rollicking good humour and the fabulous Marlene Dietrich performing See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have, this is one of those comedy westerns that has universal appeal. Here's lanky and lovable James Stewart as Tom Destry, who manages to clean up the lawless town of Bottleneck by using a slow drawl rather than a quick draw. Chief villain is scowling, snide Brian Donlevy, and there's marvellous character support from Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger and Allen Jenkins. Dietrich, cast against type, and Stewart, in his first western lead, strike sparks off one another (and in real life, too!), and the catfight between Dietrich and Una Merkel has never been bettered. Director George Marshall keeps well back, and some may find his style rather flat, but he served his players perfectly and created a comedy classic. There are three other screen versions of the Max Brand novel, but none is as good.

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Credits

Cast

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FrenchyMarlene Dietrich
Tom DestryJames Stewart
BorisMischa Auer
Washington "Wash" DimsdaleCharles Winninger
KentBrian Donlevy
Gyp WatsonAllen Jenkins
Bugs WatsonWarren Hymer
LoupgerouBilly Gilbert
Janice TyndallIrene Hervey
Lily Belle CallahanUna Merkel
Lem ClaggettTom Fadden
Judge Hiram J SladeSamuel S Hinds
ClaraLillian Yarbo
Jack TyndallJack Carson

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Marshall

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English | Russian
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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