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Destry Rides Again -- James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich set the standard for all Western comedies to come in this story about a mild-mannered deputy who is called to restore order to a corrupt frontier town.


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Felix Jackson (screen play) &
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Release Date:
29 December 1939 (USA) See more »
THE GREATEST CAST EVER CORRALLED for a frontier drama like you've NEVER seen in all your born days! See more »
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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User Reviews:
When they say they don't make them like that any more . . See more (59 total) »


  (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)
Jack Gordon ... 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)

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
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
Crew verified as complete

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #5872)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 5, 1945 with James Stewart reprising his film role.See more »
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 »
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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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
When they say they don't make them like that any more . ., 17 April 2004
Author: alfa-16 from Rural Kent, UK

. . . this is what they mean.

I'm intrigued by the voting on this movie as I can't imagine any scale on which it wouldn't get top marks. Where exactly does it drop the ball? Cast - inspired; performances - stellar; script - faultless; direction - millimetre perfect; score - find me one better, ("See what the boys in the back room will have" has gone into the language).

Is it because it's not an arthouse movie? Or because of the dangerous idea that restraint, cool and smarts are more effective weapons than playground bully tactics?

As far as I am concerned, if you want to know how to put a movie together, you can start here. 10/10 is the only possible mark for a masterpiece.

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