Destry Rides Again (1939) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers. The mayor, who is in cahoots with Kent appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale, as the new sheriff assuming that he'll be easy to control. But what the mayor doesn't know is that Dimsdale was a deputy under famous lawman, Tom Destry, and is able to call upon the equally formidable Tom Destry Jr to be his deputy. Featuring a career reviving performance from Marlene Dietrich as bar singer Frenchie, which could well have been the inspiration for Madeline Kahn's "Blazing Saddles" character, Lili Von Schtupp.

    - Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>
  • Looking to extend his stranglehold on the town of Bottleneck, local strongman Kent cheats a rancher out of his land in a crooked card game. When Sheriff Keogh starts investigating, Kent has him killed and with the help of the crooked mayor, appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale to replace him. The new Sheriff, once a Deputy under the famed Tom Destry, swears off liquor and asks Destry's son Tom Jr. to come to Bottleneck as his deputy. Tom proves to be the butt of a lock of jokes when he announces that he will police the rough and tumble town without wearing guns. There is method in his madness however as he also has to deal with saloon girl Frenchy.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

    - Written by softsofa


Destry rides again! Thomas Jefferson Destry, Jr. (Jimmy Stewart) is the deputy sheriff without a gun...

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