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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

Bartender: Are you going to take over the whole job now?
Tom Destry: What job?
Bartender: Well, Rags was just in here and traded this
[his sheriff's badge]
Bartender: for a jug. I guess he figured it was better to be a first-rate drunk than a second-rate sheriff.
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Connections

Followed by Destry (1964) 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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Something Should Be Done About Promiscuous Shooting
1 October 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sometimes remakes do turn out for the best and Audie Murphy was a perfect in the casting of another edition of the Destry saga. I will say this though, Destry's grown up considerable. Audie uses some forensic science to clean up the town and the final gunfight is played a bit more seriously than in the James Stewart-Marlene Dietrich classic.

For those who haven't seen either film, a certain crooked saloon keeper/ town boss has been grabbing land by hook or crook and kills the sheriff who's opposing him. Lyle Bettger is every bit as nasty as Brian Donlevy was. Bettger gets the idea to make the deputy, Thomas Mitchell, the sheriff. Mitchell is the town drunk, but Mitchell fools them and sends for the son of legendary lawman Tom Destry to be his deputy.

When Audie Murphy as Destry comes to town it's without wearing firearms, but in his own quiet way Audie gets results.

Of course saloon girl Mari Blanchard ain't a patch on Marlene Dietrich, but that's pretty stiff competition for anyone. Edgar Buchanan is the mayor and does his usual foxy and calculating part and we're not quite sure where he'll wind up in the end.

Destry is one of Audie Murphy's better B westerns from the Fifties and it shows with the right casting, a classic can be done well a second time.


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