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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:
Absolutely cracking Western spoof with great performances from Stewart and Dietrich See more (58 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)
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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:
"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 »
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:
Tom Destry Jr.:Well, you will fool 'em, Wash. We'll fool 'em together.
Washington Dimsdale:The only way to do that is fill 'em full of lead.
Tom Destry Jr.:No, no, no, what for? You shoot it out with 'em and for some reason or other, I don't know why, they get to look like heroes. But you put 'em behind bars and they look little and cheap, the way they oughta look.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Lemonade Joe (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
You've Got That LookSee more »

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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely cracking Western spoof with great performances from Stewart and Dietrich, 5 October 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN is set in the hopelessly corrupt little town of Bottleneck, presided over as it is by the ruthless land-grabber and card shark Kent (Brian Donlevy) and his sexy partner-in-crime Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich). Sheriffs don't last long in this town, particularly since Mayor Slade (Samuel S. Hinds) is in cahoots with Kent and his flock of flunkies. After doing away with Sheriff Keyhole, Slade appoints the hapless town drunk, Washington Dimsdale (Charles Winninger), to be the new Sheriff. 'Wash' cleans up his act and hopes to re-enact the past glory he had under his boss Sheriff Destry, by calling in Destry's son Tom (James Stewart) to be his deputy. To his horror, Tom is a mild-mannered kind of guy, tall and gangling but with a tendency to lapse into little stories of people he knows. Even worse, Tom has an aversion to guns (his father having been shot in the back in spite of being well-known for going about guns a-blazing) and takes out his frustrations by carving, of all things, napkin rings. It doesn't seem likely that 'Wash' is going to clean up Bottleneck with a deputy like Tom, but clean it up they will, with the aid of Frenchy, who falls quickly for Tom, and henpecked comic wannabe cowboy Boris (Mischa Auer) who is appointed second deputy.

The film is truly a great ride from beginning to end, thoroughly engaging, funny, and yet touching as well. You're never quite sure what to expect, but whatever it is, you're never disappointed. First of all, you don't get stock characters--Tom Destry is as atypical a Western hero as you can get, as he wanders down the streets of Bottleneck carving napkin rings and using charm instead of guns (most of the time!) to get things done his way. Secondly, as can be expected from a hero who doesn't believe in guns, there aren't all that many scenes of gunplay. Oh sure, there's a pretty cool shoot-out at the end, but that's quickly foiled by Frenchy's clever marshalling of the women of Bottleneck, and you get the impression from the film that stock action scenes with plenty of guns and bodies falling from incredible heights just aren't the point of DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, and that's a point in its favour. Finally, there isn't a pat Hollywood ending either. There's a happy ending, of course, but it's bittersweet. I was fully expecting Frenchy and Tom to get together at the very end, cue fadeout etc. etc. They *do* get together, that goes without saying. But again, this occurs in a way that one simply doesn't expect (right until it actually happens). This film always keeps you guessing, but also continually entertained.

You really couldn't get a better or more appropriate cast than this one too... of the supporting cast, Charles Winninger plays his bumbling, half-drunk but principled character of Town Drunk/Sheriff Dimsdale perfectly. Mischa Auer, as well, is endearing as Boris, from when he loses his pants to Frenchy on a bet, through to his determination to be a great second deputy sheriff in exchange for Tom Destry's extra pants. But the two leads are fabulous as well: the top-billed Marlene Dietrich is sultry, sexy but also cute, and performs some great numbers in the saloon (the best of which would be 'The Boys In The Back Room', but the opener 'Little Joe' would be a close runner-up). Still, the one thing Dietrich will be remembered for from this film, and with good cause, is *that* bar-room catfight with Una Merkel (who plays Lily Belle). Catty, vicious and absolutely hilarious, Dietrich really goes all out in a slap-down knock-out fight with Merkel, then proceeds to throw everything imaginable in Stewart's direction with such fire and enthusiasm that you can't help laughing at and loving her at the same time.

Speaking of Stewart--he gives a fantastic performance in the role of Thomas Jefferson Destry. His laidback way of ambling across the screen, his slow assured drawl, his expressive face all combine together to bring Destry to life. It isn't any actor who can pull off the apparent humiliation Stewart's character must face, such as descending from his carriage to face the folk of Bottleneck for the first time carrying a canary cage and a parasol over his head. But just as he pulls off the comedic scenes, his dramatic scenes are effective as well, particularly his final scenes with both Washington and Frenchy. Most importantly, you can believe that Tom is a good-natured charmer, as he's meant to be, but not a simple-minded dolt.

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN isn't just an absolutely cracking Western (from its bar-room brawls and sassy ladies right down to its grand shootout finale)--it's also a sly, tongue-in-cheek homage to and spoof of the entire genre and its stock of characters, from the roguish ne'er-do-well (Kent) to the bumbling sheriff (Washington Dimsdale). It's a feel-good film with romance, comedy and action blended into a Western setting, and is most certainly one of the best films of the 1930s, and one of the best I've ever seen. A classic!

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