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Destry Rides Again ()


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When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

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Frenchy
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Tom Destry Jr.
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Boris
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Washington Dimsdale
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Kent
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Gyp Watson
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Bugs Watson
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Janice Tyndall
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Lily Belle
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Loupgerou
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Judge Slade
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Jack Tyndall
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Lem Claggett
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Sophie Claggett
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Rockwell (as Edmund Macdonald)
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Clara
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Sheriff Keogh
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Claggett Boy
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Claggett Girl (as Ann Todd)
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Cowboy (uncredited)
Silver Tip Baker ...
Barfly (uncredited)
John Barton ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Indian in Saloon (uncredited)
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Pianist (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Loren Brown ...
Juggler (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Townsboy Telling Wash of Destry's Arrival (uncredited)
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Fiddle Player (uncredited)
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Creepy - Lends Tom Guns (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Harold DeGarro ...
Juggler (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Small Role (uncredited)
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Friend of Lilly Belle (uncredited)
O.K. Ford ...
Barfly (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ...
Rider / Roper (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ...
Townsman (uncredited)
William Gillis ...
Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Express Agent with Box of Rabbits (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ...
Saloon Floozie (uncredited)
Paul King ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Harley Luse ...
Accordion Player (uncredited)
Johnny Luther ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Musician (uncredited)
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Cowhand (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Stage Driver (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Greets Stage (uncredited)
Mary Shannon ...
Woman on Street (uncredited)
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Bass Player (uncredited)
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Singing Girl in Wagon (uncredited)
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Cowboy (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Stage Shotgun Rider (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Mrs. DeWitt (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ...
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Hank West ...
Musician (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Juror (uncredited)
Alex Woloshin ...
Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Marshall

Written by

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Felix Jackson ... (screen play) &
Gertrude Purcell ... (screen play) &
Henry Myers ... (screen play)
 
Felix Jackson ... (original story)
 
Max Brand ... (suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again")

Produced by

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Islin Auster ... associate producer
Joe Pasternak ... producer

Music by

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Frank Skinner ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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Hal Mohr ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Milton Carruth

Art Direction by

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Jack Otterson

Set Decoration by

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Russell A. Gausman ... (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)

Costume Design by

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Vera West ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vernon Keays ... assistant director

Art Department

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Martin Obzina ... associate art director
Dorothea Holt ... illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bernard B. Brown ... sound supervisor
Robert Pritchard ... technician

Stunts

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Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Friedrich Hollaender ... songs: music by (as Frederick Hollander)
Frank Loesser ... songs: lyrics by
Charles Previn ... musical director
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines THE GREATEST CAST EVER CORRALLED for a frontier drama like you've NEVER seen in all your born days! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Femme ou démon (France)
  • Der große Bluff (Germany)
  • Arizona (Spain)
  • Atire a Primeira Pedra (Brazil)
  • Sarx kai Diavolos (Greece)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich had an affair which lasted for the duration of filming. She later claimed that she had to have an abortion after Stewart made her pregnant. See more »
Goofs Tom Destry/James Stewart makes the typical movie actor mistake of shooting his pistol at something by jerking the pistol and firing the gun at the target at the same time. In reality, if a shooter did that he would be moving the pistol off line and would miss every time, because the motion of the hand would impart a vector onto the bullet that would make it miss. Also, shooting that way is incredibly inaccurate. A real shooter would level the pistol at the target and then pull the trigger. Audie Murphy, a trained marksman, shot his pistols correctly in his remake of this movie, "Destry." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980). See more »
Soundtracks See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have See more »
Quotes Frenchy: Get out before I kill you!
Tom Destry Jr.: You mean you haven't been tryin'?
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