Destry Rides Again

  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Writers: Max Brand, Felix Jackson, Henry Myers, Gertrude Purcell
  • Genres: Comedy, Western
  • Actors: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer

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

Destry confounds the townsfolk by refusing to strap on a gun, but he still carries out the “letter of the law” and wins over the doubters. A final confrontation between Destry and Kent’s gang is inevitable and with “Frenchy” won over, a final gunfight ensues. The rule of law eventually wins out.

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