Destry Rides Again (1939)

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    • Destry Rides Again (1939)




      Information from IMDb

      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 Dimsdalewas 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

      Full Cast
      Marlene Dietrich ... Frenchy
      James Stewart ... Tom Destry Jr.
      Mischa Auer ... Boris
      Charles Winninger ... Washington Dimsdale
      Brian Donlevy ... Kent
      Allen Jenkins ... Gyp Watson
      Warren Hymer ... Bugs Watson
      Irene Hervey ... Janice Tyndall
      Una Merkel ... Lily Belle
      Billy Gilbert ... Loupgerou
      Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Slade
      Jack Carson ... Jack Tyndall
      Tom Fadden ... Lem Claggett
      Virginia Brissac ... Sophie Claggett
      Edmund MacDonald ... Rockwell (as Edmund Macdonald)
      Lillian Yarbo ... Clara
      Joe King ... Sheriff Keogh
      Dickie Jones ... Claggett Boy
      Ann E. Todd ... Claggett Girl (as Ann Todd)
      Richard Alexander ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Silver Tip Baker ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Chief John Big Tree ... Indian in Saloon (uncredited)
      Billy Bletcher ... Pianist (uncredited)
      Loren Brown ... Juggler (uncredited)
      Ralph Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
      George Chesebro ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Dora Clement ... Woman (uncredited)
      Bill Cody Jr. ... Townsboy Telling Wash of Destry's Arrival (uncredited)
      Spade Cooley ... Fiddle Player (uncredited)
      Harry Cording ... Creepy - Lends Tom Guns (uncredited)
      Carmen D'Antonio ... Dancer (uncredited)
      Harold DeGarro ... Juggler (uncredited)
      Florence Dudley ... Small Role (uncredited)
      O.K. Ford ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Sam Garrett ... Rider / Roper (uncredited)
      William Gillis ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Lloyd Ingraham ... Express Agent with Box of Rabbits (uncredited)
      Marjorie Kane ... Saloon Floozie (uncredited)
      Harley Luse ... Accordion Player (uncredited)
      Cactus Mack ... Musician (uncredited)
      Frank McCarroll ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Bud McClure ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
      Merrill McCormick ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Philo McCullough ... Bartender (uncredited)
      Robert McKenzie ... Doctor (uncredited)
      Charles Murphy ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Mary Shannon ... Woman on Street (uncredited)
      Rudy Sooter ... Bass Player (uncredited)
      Betta St. John ... Singing Girl in Wagon (uncredited)
      William Steele ... Cowboy (uncredited)
      Leo Sulky ... Bartender (uncredited)
      Al Taylor ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Harry Tenbrook ... Stage Shotgun Rider (uncredited)
      Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. DeWitt (uncredited)
      Leslie Vincent ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
      Hank West ... Musician (uncredited)
      Dan White ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Blackie Whiteford ... Juror (uncredited)
      Alex Woloshin ... Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
      Duke York ... Townsman (uncredited)

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

      Original Music
      Frank Skinner

      Hal Mohr

      This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1996

      James Stewart's first western.

      James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich had an affair with lasted for the duration of filming. She later claimed that she had to have an abortion after Stewart made her pregnant.

      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.

      "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 5, 1945 with James Stewart reprising his film role.

      The role of Tom Destry was originally intended for Gary Cooper, but he wanted more money than the producers were willing to pay him. It was then offered to James Stewart, who took it.

      According to her grandson Peter Riva interviewed for the Icons Radio Hour, Marlene Dietrich's fight scene was unchoreographed. She and Una Merkel agreed to do it impromptu with the only rule being no closed fists. They used feet, pulled hair, and Marlene had bruises for weeks afterwards. but the director got everything in one take.

      According to her grandson Peter Riva in an Icons Radio interview, Marlene Dietrich had no interest in doing a western when presented this script. But her friend Erich Maria Remarque convinced her that it would be perfect for her. Remarque told her that it would make her "more American". "If I am more American", Marlene asked him, "can I do more against the Nazis?" Remarque answered, "Of course". Dietrich's motive for doing this movie was to warn Americans about the Nazis.

      In the original script, there was a scene in the movie showing Marlene Dietrech putting her winnings from a wild night of gambling below her dress neckline. The censors initially approved her comment. Patting her chest, she exclaims, "There's gold in them thar hills." After the preview audience roared at the line, the censors ordered it removed.

      When Destry first demonstrates his ability with a firearm by shooting at the knobs on the sign, he shoots a total of seven times. Although he is holding two Colt "Six-shooters", one in each hand, he fires only the pistol he holds in his right hand. Thus, he fired one round more than the gun could hold.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Kernville, California, USA
      Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

      Watch this Clip

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Destry Rides Again (1939)

      Destry Rides Again (AKA The Man from Montana) (1939)
      is a western starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart.
      The supporting cast includes Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy,
      Allen Jenkins, Irene Hervey, Billy Gilbert, Bill Cody, Jr., and Una Merkel.
      The original Max Brand novel was translated into an "oater" with the town of Bottleneck
      set on a Hollywood sound stage.
      The movie was directed by George Marshall and is a remake of a 1932 version starring Tom Mix.

      In 1996, Destry Rides Again was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
      by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

      James Stewart's first western.

      User Review
      Stewart gets handed the mop and cleans up the town
      11 December 1998 | by Art Kaye (kayester) (New York, NY)

      Jimmy Stewart, in the title role, is a pleasure to watch and listen to.
      The economy he brings to the role is surpassed only by his drollness.
      Marlene Dietrich is magical and when she and Stewart get together, it may not be exactly sparks
      but there sure is some heat.

      This is one of the finer westerns of the period. It holds up very well into the 90s.
      The supporting characters are well cast and bring a nice feel of variety to the tiny town of Bottlenck
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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