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Destry (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 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.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Edmund H. North (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Anthony Lawrence ... Professor (as Mitchell Lawrence)
Frank Richards ... Dummy
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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>

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destry räumt auf See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1954
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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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 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 »

Quotes

The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: Deliver the prisoner at ten o'clock - Decker's Saloon. It's the only place in town big enough to hold a trial.
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Connections

Remake of Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

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 DSchryerSee 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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