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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Empty Arms", sung in DESTRY by Mari Blanchard, was used again by Universal in their remake of IMITATION OF LIFE starring Lana Turner where it is lip-synched by Susan Kohner as Sarah Jane Johnson when she is singing in Harry''s Club, a "low down dive". See more »

Goofs

In the bar scene where Brandy is singing "Empty Arms", one of the lines is, "Do you hear me, Dad" addressing one of the male admirers. The slang use of "Dad" (similar to "dude", "bro", etc) came into usage in the 1950's, at least 70 years after the setting of the movie, but the movie was made in 1954 when the saying was popular. See more »

Quotes

Tom Destry: Folks, I hate to interrupt your fun, but I got something important to say to you. I just found out how Sheriff Bailey died.
Phil Decker: I understood Bailey died of a heart attack.
Tom Destry: That seems to be the rumor around town. If he did die of a heart attack, that's because he heard a bullet coming at him.
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Connections

Followed by Destry (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Trit Trot
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Traditional
Arranged by Henry Mancini
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When's this movie coming out on DVD?
7 July 2006 | by lowkusSee all my reviews

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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