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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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[Skinner has lost his the deed to his ranch in a crooked card game]
Tom Destry: This gives Decker the land. I can't run him off his own property.
Martha Phillips: And you're the one that talked so much about justice and law and order.
Tom Destry: I'm sorry, ma'am. I'd rather be horse-whipped.
Martha Phillips: And I'd like to be the one to do it!
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Connections

Remake of Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

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When's this movie coming out on DVD?
7 July 2006 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This NEEDS to be released on DVD! It has all of the content necessary to be a great western. All of the acting is good, and the dialog is good, the camera-work and sets and costumes. Everything about this movie is good. It's a solid Western as they used to be made. It gives as good as "Destry Rides Again". Sure, it doesn't have Jimmy S., but then his presence doesn't a western make.

This is one of those movies that isn't even available on VHS except the rare old deteriorating copies that are floating out in the universe of crumbling static-filled fuzzy video tape. Our local library used to have a VHS copy of it about a decade ago and then something happened to it and it disappeared from the shelves. Haven't seen another copy since.

A restored DVD version would also do well to complement the "Destry Rides Again" movie. I mean, there are probably a bunch of people out there saying "Destry Rides Again... hmm, he's riding again? Where did he ride originally?". That's when they'll come looking for this movie... you corporate guys should be smelling profit by now.


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