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Destry (1954)

 -  Western  -  1 December 1954 (USA)
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In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have ... See full summary »

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In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry, son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom arrives, he isn't exactly the swaggering he-man the sheriff had in mind. In fact, Destry doesn't even carry a gun. But the new deputy's mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, as Decker and the other locals soon discover. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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From the roaring , raucous, rowdy pages of the best-loved legend of the West!

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Western

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1 December 1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Audie Murphy acted with Alan Hale Jr. in this film. Hale would go on to be Skipper in Gilligan's Island (1964). Murphy made Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) with Russell Johnson, who played "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island". See more »

Goofs

When Tom Destry shows off his shooting skills at the saloon he shoots all the silver ornaments located at the tips of the star from the money wheel off(56:41).However,at the final shoot-out scene in the saloon the money wheel seems to have at least some of the silver ornaments still intact. See more »

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Tom Destry: Everytime I start asking questions, the people kind of look vague and sort of drift away.
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: What kind of questions?
Tom Destry: Oh, just ordinary things. Like what really happened to Sheriff Bailey?
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: I knew a fella once who made himself real unpopular asking questions. It got so nobody talked to him. He died lonely. You might keep that in mind.
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Remake of Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

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Trit Trot
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Very Enjoyable
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Audie Murphy, but even I willingly admit that most of his movies are mediocre at best. That being said, AMC has been running some Audie Murphy movies that I've never been able to see before...and much to my surprise, I found myself thoroughly enjoying "Destry"! Whenever the studios cared enough to surround Audie Murphy with top-quality supporting players (such as Thomas Mitchell, Edgar Buchanan, Alan Hale, Jr., and Lyle Bettger in this film), Audie's performances always rose to the level of those around him. Everyone is good in this movie, with very little of the over-acting that was the style then.

I saw the Dietrich/Stewart version many years ago...I've never liked Marlene Dietrich and never understood what the big deal with her was, but Jimmy Stewart tops the list of my favorite actors, so it surprises me that I honestly can't remember a single scene from their film. The Murphy remake, however, has some really nice moments that have stuck with me. I'm sure I'll offend a lot of people by saying the following, but Mari Blanchard has more beauty and sex appeal than Dietrich ever DREAMED of having. Mari Blanchard is absolutely stunning in this film.

As for the technical end, I found the directing good, the script devoid of the usual brainless dialog and plot holes that many B Westerns of the time seemed burdened with, and the score was not intrusive. People seem to think this is a comedy, but it is not...it is a Western with humor in it...there's a difference. The humor is derived from the real situations, but never descends into broad comedy with pratfalls and nonsense.

Many Audie Murphy films are good for a single viewing and can be forgotten, but "Destry" is definitely worth repeat viewing. If you run across it, I highly recommend checking it out...there is good stuff throughout.


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