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Director:
Writers:
Felix Jackson (screen play) &
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Release Date:
29 December 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THE GREATEST CAST EVER CORRALLED for a frontier drama like you've NEVER seen in all your born days! See more »
Plot:
Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A Classic Western in Old Bottleneck See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlene Dietrich ... Frenchy

James Stewart ... Tom Destry Jr.

Mischa Auer ... Boris
Charles Winninger ... Washington Dimsdale

Brian Donlevy ... Kent

Allen Jenkins ... Gyp Watson
Warren Hymer ... Bugs Watson
Irene Hervey ... Janice Tyndall
Una Merkel ... Lily Belle

Billy Gilbert ... Loupgerou
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Slade

Jack Carson ... Jack Tyndall
Tom Fadden ... Lem Claggett
Virginia Brissac ... Sophie Claggett
Edmund MacDonald ... Rockwell (as Edmund Macdonald)
Lillian Yarbo ... Clara
Joe King ... Sheriff Keogh
Dickie Jones ... Claggett Boy
Ann E. Todd ... Claggett Girl (as Ann Todd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Silver Tip Baker ... Barfly (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Indian in Saloon (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Pianist (uncredited)
Loren Brown ... Juggler (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Barfly (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Woman (uncredited)
Bill Cody Jr. ... Townsboy Telling Wash of Destry's Arrival (uncredited)
Spade Cooley ... Fiddle Player (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Creepy - Lends Tom Guns (uncredited)
Carmen D'Antonio ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold DeGarro ... Juggler (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Barfly (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Small Role (uncredited)
Ruth Eddings ... Friend of Lilly Belle (uncredited)
O.K. Ford ... Barfly (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ... Rider / Roper (uncredited)
William Gillis ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Express Agent with Box of Rabbits (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ... Saloon Floozie (uncredited)
Harley Luse ... Accordion Player (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Musician (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bud McClure ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Townsman (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Bartender (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mary Shannon ... Woman on Street (uncredited)
Rudy Sooter ... Bass Player (uncredited)
Betta St. John ... Singing Girl in Wagon (uncredited)
William Steele ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Bartender (uncredited)
Al Taylor ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Stage Shotgun Rider (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. DeWitt (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Hank West ... Musician (uncredited)

Dan White ... Barfly (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Juror (uncredited)
Alex Woloshin ... Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
Duke York ... Townsman (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Marshall 
 
Writing credits
Felix Jackson (screen play) &
Gertrude Purcell (screen play) &
Henry Myers (screen play)

Felix Jackson (original story)

Max Brand (suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again")

Produced by
Islin Auster .... associate producer
Joe Pasternak .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Keays .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Martin Obzina .... associate art director
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Robert Pritchard .... technician
 
Stunts
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Friedrich Hollaender .... songs: music by (as Frederick Hollander)
Frank Loesser .... songs: lyrics by
Charles Previn .... musical director
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #5872)

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Trivia:
Paulette Goddard was considered for the role of Frenchy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Destry first demonstrates his ability with a firearm by shooting at the knobs on the sign, he shoots a total of seven times. Although he is holding two Colt "Six-shooters", one in each hand, he fires only the pistol he holds in his right hand. Thus, he fired one round more than the gun could hold.See more »
Quotes:
Janice Tyndall:Please don't mind my brother, Mr. Destry. He's always threatening to blow people's heads off.
Tom Destry Jr.:I had - I had a friend once. His name was Stubbs. He was always going around threatening to blow people's heads off. One day a fella came along and took him up on it.
Jack Tyndall:Well?
Tom Destry Jr.:Well, folks say that now Stubbs' forehead is holding up the prettiest tombstone in Greenlawn Cemetery.
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Previn's StompSee more »

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38 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Western in Old Bottleneck, 22 April 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

`Howdy, Stranger! Let me show you around the town of Bottleneck. Folks here can be plumb rowdy on occasion. Over there's the saloon - it's run by a right pretty gal named Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich). She's a real spitfire - don't get her riled. We like to say she runs the town, but we all know the real boss is her lover, Kent (Brian Donlevy), a mean, slick hombre who's buying -or stealing- all the land straight across the valley; he means to charge for each head of cattle run through here. Our last sheriff (Joe King) disappeared real mysterious like, and the mayor (Samuel S. Hinds), who's in cahoots with Kent, appointed the town drunk (Charles Winninger) as the new sheriff. He's surprised us all by bringing in as his deputy Tom Destry (James Stewart), son of the famous lawman who was shot in the back a few years ago. The boy looks kind of sheepish, but I'll bet he's got some backbone to him, just like his old man. Yes, sir, if Kent gives him any trouble we just might get to watch while DESTRY RIDES AGAIN.'

This is one of the great Western films, with all the pieces falling into place. It's got a sense of humor & does not take itself too seriously. And the women are as strong as the men, unusual in a Western: Dietrich & Una Merkel have the best fight in the film and it's the entire body of townswomen, lead by Merkel & Dietrich, who take matters into their own hands at the conclusion to thrash the bad guys.

All of the above named cast is excellent (this was considered a comeback of sorts for Dietrich, after her parade of elaborate, but not terribly popular, costume epics; Stewart is a delight as his usual laconic self.) Jack Carson is also on hand as a tough cattleman. Lighter moments are handled by Mischa Auer, as a Russian émigré who wants to be a cowboy, and Billy Gilbert, as a temperamental barkeep.

Dietrich gets to sing three splashy, dance hall numbers: `Little Joe', `You've Got That Look' and, most famously, `See What The Boys In The Back Room Will Have'.

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