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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 »
Genre:
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:
No Promiscuous Shooting In Bottleneck 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)

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:
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:
Washington Dimsdale:Oh, Tom! Look here! Look at this post! Soaked through and through with the blood of Sawtooth McGhee. Yeah, he objected to a petticoat a neighbor's wife was wearing... and they fit to a draw. Both are buried in the same grave.
Tom Destry Jr.:Sawtooth and the petticoat?
Washington Dimsdale:No! Sawtooth and the neighbor! And four innocent bystanders!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Previn's StompSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
No Promiscuous Shooting In Bottleneck, 21 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

1939 that celebrated high point of the Hollywood studio system turned out to be the break out year for James Stewart. His career kicked into high gear with Destry Ridges Again and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. From just a good leading man these films guaranteed Jimmy Stewart screen immortality.

Destry was equally an important film for Marlene Dietrich. Her career had come to a standstill and she had been let go from her original American studio, Paramount. A whole lot of people said she was through in Hollywood, but Marlene showed them all.

This is the second film adaption of the story, a 1932 version was done by Tom Mix, one of his last films and one of his few sound ones. This one however is THE standard version.

Destry Rides Again was directed by George Marshall who was very good at mixing humor and drama to make some great films. This one is probably Marshall's greatest. Among Hollywood directors from the studio age, he is sadly forgotten.

The town of Bottleneck is one rip roaring place with a whole lot of promiscuous shooting going on. It's a pretty corrupt place run by saloon owner Brian Donlevy and his stooge mayor Samuel S. Hinds. When the sheriff is killed they 'elect' the town drunk Charles Winninger as the new sheriff.

But Winninger who was a deputy sheriff at one time sends for the son of his former boss Thomas Jefferson Destry played by Jimmy Stewart. Destry makes quite an entrance into Bottleneck, running afoul of saloon entertainer Marlene Dietrich. His arrival in Bottleneck up to his first encounter with Marlene are some of the funniest moments ever put on screen.

Destry Rides Again gave Marlene one of her classic ballads, See What the Boys in the Backroom Will Have as well as Little Joe, the Wrangler. Who would ever have thought that the girl from Germany would wind up having one of her most noted film roles as a western saloon entertainer. But Marlene created an indelible character, so much so that Mel Brooks and Madeline Kahn gave her a real heartfelt tribute in Blazing Saddles. I'll bet Marlene enjoyed that one also.

James Stewart did not return to the western genre until Winchester 73 and Broken Arrow eleven years later. But this was one great film to make a debut in that film art form.

You won't indulge in any promiscuous shooting while Destry is on the job.

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