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Director:
Writers:
Felix Jackson (screen play) &
Gertrude Purcell (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:
Clean and scrappy... See more (59 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)
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
 
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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
In the original script, there was a scene in the movie showing Marlene Dietrech putting her winnings from a wild night of gambling below her dress neckline. The censors initially approved her comment. Patting her chest, she exclaims, "There's gold in them thar hills." After the preview audience roared at the line, the censors ordered it removed.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:
Kent:I collect Deputy Sheriff's guns. Whenever I meet a new deputy, I ask him for his gun and I ask him real nice.
Tom Destry Jr.:I'm sorry, Mr. Kent. I'm afraid this here's one gun your collection's going to be minus.
Kent:You mean I'm going to have to take it?
Tom Destry Jr.:If you can. Now, hold on! Hold on. Don't get excited here. I'm just tryin' to tell you that I ain't got any guns. You see if I woulda had a gun then, why, one of us might have been hurt and it might be me. I wouldn't want that to happen... would I?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Dad (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
Little Joe, the WranglerSee more »

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49 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Clean and scrappy..., 3 June 2005

It is true that there are parody elements in George Marshall's delightful "Destry Rides Again" but the real humor lies not so much in these sorts of antics, nor the heavily laid on inquiries of Marlene Dietrich as to the tastes of the backroom boys, but rather in James Stewart's no-gun Destry characterization…

This springs from the same source as Ford's 'characters', recognizable frontier independent-minded eccentrics, with a firm footing in American literature; characters often with a roundabout way of making a point, or pointing a moral, as with Destry's habit of prefacing each little cautionary parable with: 'I knew a fellow once who…' A habit that inevitably drew the aggrieved riposte: 'You know too many fellows, Destry…'

The other 'characters' in this film have more than a color or two of parody—Mischa Auer's improbable Slavonic cowboy, Charles Winninger's town drunk, Brian Donlevy, unprincipled boss, and Samuel S. Hinds' nicely played judge…

In retrospect, it's odd how much this movie gains from its rather touching little postscript… Stewart, the unconventional lawman, having pacified his cowtown, strolls the streets with a hero-worshiping lad at his heels, and yet also takes a little cloud of sadness along with him…

Marshall's film is considered a classic Western which manages to encompass suspense, comedy, romance, tenderness, vivid characterization, horseplay, songs and standard western excitements, without moving for more than a moment from a studio main street set… Hollywood expertise at its very best...

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