Destry Rides Again

Destry Rides Again

DVD - 2008
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As Destry, a mild-mannered deputy who doesn't like guns, Stewart is called to restore order to the hopelessly corrupt frontier town of Bottleneck. Though reluctant to undertake such an enormous task, he's soon roped into action after meeting the seductive Frenchy (Dietrich), an alluring saloon girl who belts out unforgettable show-stoppers like "The Boys in the Back Room," while winning the hero's heart.

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Maoisdead
Aug 12, 2017

Really enjoyable Western starring James Stewart and Marlene Deitrich.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 30, 2015

This 1939 film pairs Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart in a satirical parody of Hollywood Westerns. Stewart plays an unarmed semi-pacifist sheriff’s deputy and Dietrich plays a wildcat saloon owner. One supporting actress was African-American Lillian Yarbo who played a rather straight assistant to Dietrich, a rare role in a period when African-Americans were only allowed to play buffoons or servants with very few lines. Perhaps Dietrich, a strict anti-Nazi German, refused to act in a movie with a buffoonish acting African-American. I plan to watch You Can’t Take it with You, another feature with Yarbo, to see if she is given the opportunity to play a fully normal human in that film.

7duffy Jul 25, 2015

I thought it was a strict western, but it was more like a comedy that turned serious. It was OK. You can see Mel Brooks got the inspiration for Blazing Saddles from this flick.

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garycornell
Oct 05, 2014

Director George Marshall took a unique western script and made a classic movie. This is a western spoof of the highest caliber. The story takes place in the western town of Bottleneck. The sheriff is also the town drunk, but he has an ace deputy sheriff in Jimmy Stewart. Now he plays Thomas Jefferson Destry Jr.(His father was a famous lawman). As deputy sheriff he walks around town maintaining law and order while carving napkin rings. Marlene Dietrich lends beauty, comedy and song to the movie. She is especially great on such songs as "The Boys in the Backroom" and a song titled "Little Joe". Watch for them because they are so stoppers. I can see why this can be made into a stage musical. Two of my favorite character actors are also in the movie and they are Billy Gilbert (with a busy mustache) and Jack Carson. You won't find a funnier cast in any movie than "Destry Rides Again". This was probably the model for such future western spoofs as "Blazing Saddles". "Destry Rides Again" is a Five Star Western Spoof with extra recognition for adding music and a great story.
P.S. KCLS own 3 copies and at the moment all 3 copies are available. Act now and you will have your copy soon.

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Monolith
Oct 13, 2012

Corny but quaint Jimmy Stewart Western comedy with some decent bits (e.g. the Russian deputy Boris Callahan). I don't get the appeal of Frenchy (Dietrich) the baritonal lounge act, though. She looked/sounded like a man in drag. Loved the hordes of bloodthirsty two by four wielding women. Priceless.

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Janice21383
Jul 04, 2011

Like its title character, Destry takes on the macho cliches of most Westerns, or, frankly, most movies. You could think of it as a socialist fable, if your mind tends that way. I wish I could resurrect Marlene Dietrich, both as a comedienne, and an action heroine. Wouldn't it be great to see a fist fight between her and Carole Lombard? I also got a crush on Jimmy Stewart, though this might be because he acts all Canadian.

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Monolith
Oct 13, 2012

Boris: "...Observe my brain in action. Now where would I go if I were a dead body? Would I stay in the open? No... no privacy." Tom Destry Jr.: "Mm-hmm. Wouldn't go in the river if you can't swim." Washington Dimsdale: "Ohhh... Why didn't I stay in the gutter where I was well off?" Boris: "Would I go under the ground? No... there's no future in it!"

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