MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,308 this week

Destry (1954)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  1 December 1954 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 647 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again"), (story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

Robert Hoy obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 108 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
a list of 760 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 7012 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Destry" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Destry (1954)

Destry (1954) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Destry.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night Passage (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife.

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Stars: Audie Murphy, Darren McGavin, Ruta Lee
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman
Bad Boy (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS! Danny is a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail. He charms the headmistress and goads everyone else. The marshal sets out to ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Audie Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick
The Texican (1966)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Wanted north of the border, Jess Carlin resides safely in Mexico. Then he hears his brother was killed in a gunfight with another man. Knowning his brother never carried a gun he heads ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Audie Murphy, Broderick Crawford, Diana Lorys
Showdown (1963)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A cowboy has to get 12,000 dollars in stolen bonds from the ex-girlfriend of his partner, or the gang holding him hostage will kill him.

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Stars: Audie Murphy, Kathleen Crowley, Charles Drake
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Railroad surveyer Murphy goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way, he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Duryea who helps Murphy only to see how long the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake
Sierra (1950)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Wanda Hendrix, Audie Murphy, Burl Ives
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Audie Murphy is again the kid who puts on a badge to catch the bad guy, skillfully played by Barry Sullivan. On the way back to town the two develop a curiously close relationship - ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Audie Murphy comes into his own as a Western star in this story. Wrongly accused by crooked railroad officials of aiding a train heist by his old friends the Daltons, he joins their gang ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mari Blanchard ...
...
...
...
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor
Lori Nelson ...
Martha Phillips
Wallace Ford ...
...
...
Jack Larson
George Wallace ...
Curly Adams
Richard Reeves ...
Mac
Walter Baldwin ...
Henry Skinner
...
Eli Skinner
Anthony Lawrence ...
The Professor (as Mitchell Lawrence)
Frank Richards ...
Dummy
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destry räumt auf  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

[Destry digs bullets out of the saloon wall]
Phil Decker: What are you doing?
Tom Destry: I forgot to tell you about a hobby of mine. I collect old, used bullets
See more »

Connections

Remake of Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Empty Arms
Written by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fun but unnecessary
25 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the Sheriff of Restful asks one too many questions about the legitimacy of Decker's card games, he winds up dead and the new sheriff is the town drunk. The corrupt forces behind Restful think that things will be just how they like it from now on but don't figure that the drunk will call in help in the form of a deputy, Tom Destry – son of the famous lawman. However Destry Jr turns out to not only be against carrying guns but also be soft-spoken and good-humoured – not characteristics that Rags hoped for in his deputy. However with a culture of silence, gun crime widespread and the town in the grip of the sultry and dangerous Brandy, can Destry make an impact?

Just to prove that modern Hollywood does not have the sole rights to the concept of the totally unnecessary remake, we have this film made 15 years after the definitive version starring Stewart and Dietrich; and true to form, this version is just that – unnecessary. The plot is pretty much a carbon copy and indeed a lot of the scenes are almost copies of the 1939 version and the only thing this achieves is to highlight that it has all been done before – and better. Although it is a copy, it isn't as free-wheeling, fun or energetic as the previous film and it does show.

The main reason for this is the cast as this bunch show how important the cast were in 1939. Murphy bravely plays against type but he just isn't as well suited to the role as Stewart was – he plays naïve well enough but it isn't that funny or fun. Blanchard does the best she can and in fairness she does pretty well filling Dietrich's boots. Mitchell is always fun and does well enough but the rest of the support cast aren't really there. The musical numbers are quite fun but again feel like it is aping other numbers rather than going out on its own territory.

Overall nothing in this film is bad, in fact it is quite enjoyable across the board. However when you watch the 1939 film you have to wonder why they bothered to go back and remake it at all since all it manages to do is highlight how the "original" was better in the first place – and that only knocks the fun out of it that bit more.


12 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Gotta Have it ...! frc54
Destry, 1954, Audie Murphy psfendrych
Not out on DVD yet? Why? 1Doug1
Discuss Destry (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?