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Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 29 December 1939 (USA)
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Deputy sheriff Destry tames the town of Bottle Neck, including saloon singer Frenchy.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Felix Jackson (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Frenchy
James Stewart ... Thomas Jefferson 'Tom' Destry Jr.
Mischa Auer ... Boris Callahan
Charles Winninger ... Washington 'Wash' Dimsdale
Brian Donlevy ... Kent
Allen Jenkins ... Gyp Watson
Warren Hymer ... Bugs Watson
Irene Hervey ... Janice Tyndall
Una Merkel ... Lily Belle Callahan
Billy Gilbert ... Loupgerou
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Hiram J. Slade
Jack Carson ... Jack Tyndall
Tom Fadden ... Lem Claggett
Virginia Brissac ... Ma Sophie Claggett
Edmund MacDonald ... Rockwell (as Edmund Macdonald)
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Storyline

Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers. The mayor, who is in cahoots with Kent appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale, as the new sheriff assuming that he'll be easy to control. But what the mayor doesn't know is that Dimsdale was a deputy under famous lawman, Tom Destry, and is able to call upon the equally formidable Tom Destry Jr to be his deputy. Featuring a career reviving performance from Marlene Dietrich as bar singer Frenchie, which could well have been the inspiration for Madeline Kahn's "Blazing Saddles" character, Lili Von Schtupp. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Taglines:

They make the fighting sinful west blaze into action before your eyes! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was adapted for a Broadway musical starring Andy Griffith and opened at the April 23, 1959 at the Imperial Theatre and ran for 472 performances. See more »

Goofs

When Frenchy is dying in Destry's arms, she asks him to kiss her. But before he does, she wipes her lipstick off with her hand. As the top of her hand faces the camera there is no lipstick on it. See more »

Quotes

Tom Destry Jr.: Oh, I think I'll stick around. Y'know, I had a friend once used to collect postage stamps. He always said the one good thing about a postage stamp: it always sticks to one thing 'til it gets there, y'know? I'm sorta like that too.
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Connections

Spoofed in Lemonade Joe (1964) See more »

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There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
Traditional folk song
Performed by Lillian Yarbo
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Stewart is one of a kind!
15 May 2002 | by djreinSee all my reviews

This movie is basically a good movie made very good by James Stewart. Most impressive is that it was made in 1939. The movie has a cast of characters that are very believable in their roles. The humor is ahead of its time. I am not quite sure why I loved this movie so much, but if you want to know why everyone seems to love Stewart's films, just watch this one! Western movie buffs must-see this movie ]


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$345,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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