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Max Brand (suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again")
Felix Jackson (story)
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Release Date:
1 December 1954 (USA) See more »
From the roaring , raucous, rowdy pages of the best-loved legend of the West!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Audie Murphy ... Tom Destry
Mari Blanchard ... Brandy

Lyle Bettger ... Decker

Thomas Mitchell ... Rags Barnaby

Edgar Buchanan ... Mayor Sellers

Lori Nelson ... Martha Phillips

Wallace Ford ... Doc Curtis

Mary Wickes ... Bessie Mae Curtis

Alan Hale Jr. ... Jack Larson
George Wallace ... Curly
Richard Reeves ... Mac
Walter Baldwin ... Henry Skinner

Lee Aaker ... Eli Skinner
Anthony Lawrence ... Professor (as Mitchell Lawrence)
Frank Richards ... Dummy

Trevor Bardette ... Sheriff Bailey
Ralph Peters ... Bartender

John Doucette ... Cowhand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Avery ... Townsman (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Townsman (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wayne Burson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Carson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)

Anne Cornwall ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Barfly (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman / Barfly (uncredited)
Mabel Forrest ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Herb Golden ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Barfly (uncredited)
Harry Harris ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Boy (uncredited)
Marcoreta Hellman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Miner (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Barfly (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Townsman (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Townsman / Barfly (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Frances Osborne ... Miss Sweetland (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Townsman / Barfly (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Barfly (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Shotgun Rider (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Max Brand (suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again")

Felix Jackson (story)

Edmund H. North (screenplay) and
D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Emile Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Lucille House .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunt double: Audie Murphy (uncredited)
Frank Mills .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Kenny Williams .... choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Norway:12 (1955) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #17121, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Tom Destry:Now you get this straight! We don't want anymore of this promiscuous shooting aournd here. Somebody is likely to get hurt!See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by "Destry" (1964)See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
When's this movie coming out on DVD?, 7 July 2006
Author: lowkus from Seattle, Washington

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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