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Destry (1954)

Approved | | Western | 1 December 1954 (USA)
In his desire to control a frontier town, ruthless town boss Decker appoints the town drunk as sheriff who, in return, hires gunfighter Destry as his deputy.

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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 Electric Recording)

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Trivia

The song "Empty Arms", sung in DESTRY by Mari Blanchard, was used again by Universal in their remake of IMITATION OF LIFE starring Lana Turner where it is lip-synched by Susan Kohner as Sarah Jane Johnson when she is singing in Harry''s Club, a "low down dive". See more »

Goofs

When Tom Destry shows off his shooting skills at the saloon, he shoots off all the silver ornaments located at the tips of the star from the money wheel (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: Do you have the authority to swear me in as Deputy?
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: I thought that had already been taken care of.
Tom Destry: Seems like it kind of got overlooked and I think it ought to be done before I start work.
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: Well, I'll be glad to help you son. The moment I laid eye on you I figured you was the right man for the job.
Tom Destry: Sort of the way I figured it, too.
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: Besides, like the fellow said, if anything goes wrong, it's your funeral.
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Followed by Destry (1964) See more »

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If You Can Can-Can
Words & Music by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Performed by Mari Blanchard (uncredited)
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Even better than the original
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sadly, remakes of successful movies are seldom as good as the original films. Destry -- director George Marshall's remake with Audie Murphy of Destry Rides Again, which starred Jimmy Stewart -- is one of the rare exceptions. No, Audie Murphy was not a better actor than Jimmy Stewart. But, given a good script and good direction, Audie Murphy was a far better actor than his many B movies would lead one to expect, and Destry was one of his best performances.

The fact that director George Marshall chose to remake his black and white Jimmy Stewart hit, Destry Rides Again, in Technicolor with Audie Murphy as Destry clearly indicates that Marshall felt his original film could be equaled or improved upon. And, in this viewers opinion, he was right. Both the original and the remake are good westerns but, if one can get past bias toward Jimmy Stewart -- and his co-star Marlene Dietrich -- and evaluate the movies purely on their merit, I believe that Audie Murphy's Destry is the better film. At worst, it is at least as good as the original and deserves to be recognized on its own merits.


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