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This article is about the movie Destry Rides Again. For the novel, see Destry Rides Again . For the Broadway musical, see Destry Rides Again .

Destry Rides Again is a western directed by George Marshall, starring Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Allen Jenkins, Irene Hervey, Billy Gilbert, Bill Cody, Jr. and Una Merkel.

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

Plot

Saloon owner Kent (Brian Donlevy), the unscrupulous boss of the fictional Western town of Bottleneck, has the town's Sheriff, Keogh, killed when the Sheriff asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game. Kent and "Frenchy" (Marlene Dietrich), his girlfriend and the dance hall queen, now have a stranglehold over the local cattle ranchers. The crooked town's mayor, Hiram J. Slade (Samuel S. Hinds), who is in collusion with Kent, appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale (Charles Winninger), as the new sheriff, assuming that he'll be easy to control and manipulate. But what the mayor doesn't know is that Dimsdale was a deputy under the famous lawman, Tom Destry and is able to call upon the equally formidable Tom Destry, Jr. (James Stewart) to help him make Bottleneck a lawful, respectable town.

Destry confounds the townsfolk by refusing to strap on a gun in spite of demonstrating that he is an expert marksman. He still carries out the "letter of the law", as deputy Sheriff, and wins over their respect. A final confrontation between Destry and Kent's gang is inevitable, but "Frenchy" is won over by Destry and changes sides. A final gunfight ensues where Frenchy is killed in the crossfire, and the rule of law wins the day.

Songs

Marlene Dietrich as Frenchy performs the songs See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have and You've Got That Look, written by Frank Loesser, set to music by Frederick Hollander, which have become classics.

Cast

As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):
Actor Role
Marlene Dietrich Frenchy, the saloon singer
James Stewart Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Destry, Jr., the new deputy
Mischa Auer Boris Callahan, the henpecked Russian
"Charlie" Winninger "Wash" (Washington Dimsdale), the new sheriff
Brian Donlevy Kent, the saloon owner
Allen Jenkins "Gyp" Watson
Warren Hymer "Bugs" Watson
Irene Hervey Janice Tyndall
Una Merkel Lily Belle - 'Mrs Callahan'
Billy Gilbert "Loupgerou"
Samuel S. Hinds Judge Slade, the mayor
Jack Carson Jack Tyndall


Production

Famed Western writer, Max Brand contributed the original novel, Destry Rides Again but the story soon became a typical "oater" with the town of Bottleneck set on a Hollywood sound stage.

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References

Notes

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