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      Destry Rides Again

      Released Dec 29, 1939 1h 34m Western List
      96% Tomatometer 25 Reviews 82% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings The small town of Bottleneck is under the control of Kent (Brian Donlevy), a power-hungry boss who gets control over the local cattle ranchers by winning a rigged game of cards. When the local sheriff questions the legitimacy of the game, Kent has him killed and names the town drunk, Dimsdale (Charles Winninger), as sheriff. What Kent doesn't know is that Dimsdale knows legendary lawman Tom Destry, who in turns sends his daring son Tom Destry Jr. (James Stewart) to Bottleneck to save the day. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 30 Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety Primed with action and laughs and human sentiment. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Time Out It combines humour, romance, suspense and action so seamlessly. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films The conceit of the seeming milksop who’s actually tougher than the hooligans was already a cliché when the movie was made, but Destry has a few twists to keep things interesting. Rated: B+ Jun 27, 2003 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) I never thought I'd last to hear Dietrich shouting, 'Yippee." Oct 16, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com [James Stewart] cuts quite the striking figure as the lanky, against-the-odds gunman. Likewise, he shares an unexpected chemistry with Dietrich. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 31, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A rowdy and rousing Western comedy. Rated: 3.5/4 May 4, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D One of Stewart's weakest westerns. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/11/24 Full Review Matthew D Marlene Dietrich starring in a Western! Director George Marshall's Western comedy Destry Rides Again (1939) is amazingly entertaining. James Stewart gunning down bad men and Marlene Dietrich singing saloon songs with her glamorous star power. Marshall's direction is mannered and skillful to command all the chaos and violence into slick action shootouts and comedy routines. Destry Rides Again has plenty of gun shooting alongside the wild comedy stylings of this cast. George Marshall was a fantastic director. Writers Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, and Henry Myers write an anti-gun lawful sheriff for James Stewart opposite a crooked gambling pair for Brian Donlevy and Marlene Dietrich's villains. I like how Stewart's sheriff has principles, but the gunplay is really exciting. Destry wants you to end up agreeing with following the law, but understands when some evil and corrupt men have to be stopped. Editor Milton Carruth's slick cuts make each joke feel pithy and the gunplay look startling. Destry Rides Again is cut down to a tight 94 minutes and never loses that rapid fire pace. Cinematographer Hal Mohr zooms into close-ups for gripping character drama, then uses wide framing for the action packed shootouts. Art direction from Jack Otterson and Martin Obzina really uses lighting for dynamic shadows in this little Western town. Set decorator Russell A. Gausman makes a cute wooden Western settlement with a fancy saloon and small ranches. German actress Marlene Dietrich is tough and lovely as crooked card shark and sultry saloon singer Frenchy. I like how Marlene whips bottles and plates at nearly every guy in Bottleneck. Marlene sings beautifully with a playful deep voice, she wrestles women, tosses bottles at men, and eludes capture with unethical card gambling techniques. It's so amusing to see Marlene in a Western, let alone get to be especially funny in a comedy. She has chemistry with everyone, endless charisma, and undeniable elegance. I like how much Marlene fights and scrapes through people in Destry Rides Again. American actor James Stewart is stalwart and funny as moral sheriff Thomas Jefferson Destry Jr., who is the anti-gun and law abiding new deputy sheriff in Bottleneck. He acts tough, but lets a lot go by while he tells stories of ill-fated men. Stewart shows how being tough and persevering can lead to justice and change even in a lawless town. Russian actor and comedian Mischa Auer the foolish Boris Callahan, hopelessly smitten with Marlene, understandably. I like that he demeans himself for pants. Southern actress Una Merkel is playful as the jealous wife Lily Belle Callahan. American actor Charles Winninger is funny as the town drunk and new sheriff Washington Dimsdale. Irish actor Brian Donlevy has interesting eyes as the sinister saloon owner Kent. American actress Irene Hervey is quite pretty and charming as the young lady Janice Tyndall. Sneezy voice actor and comedian Billy Gilbert is boisterous as the bartender Loupgerou. Samuel S. Hinds is condescending as the grotesquely corrupt mayor Judge Slade. Jack Carson's frustrated Jack Tyndall is interesting for a side character. I felt bad for Tom Fadden's Lem Claggett, Virginia Brissac's Sophie Claggett, Dickie Jones' Claggett boy, and Ann E. Todd's Claggett girl. Lillian Yarbo is super funny as French's squeaky voiced maid. Composer Frank Skinner's film score is very plucky and pleasant. His lively music is dynamic and works well with the Western genre. Marlene's songs are written with gusto and humor by songwriters Friedrich Hollaender and Frank Loesser. Sound designers Bernard B. Brown and Robert Pritchard create a chaotic soundscape for Destry Rides Again with yelps and glass shattering in the saloon. Costume designer Vera West creates several wondrous dresses for Marlene's bar girl Frenchy. In conclusion, Destry Rides Again is a blast of gunsmoke and raucous laughter. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/02/23 Full Review isla s This is a black and white Western film, with the feel of a classic saloon depicted early on. I did think it had a charm to it. The sound quality is a bit unimpressive at times, with somewhat unclear dialogue but it is an old film, so this is perhaps to be expected?. There are some quirky characters and I liked the community feel to it - the characters seemed quite energised. The sheriff even has a banjo! It is certainly a bit cheesy but not really in a bad way. I thought the cast gave pretty good performances, primarily from James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. I also enjoyed the musical performances. It's perhaps a little cheesy but it's also amusing at times and I enjoyed it, so I'd recommend it, yes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member "Destry Rides Again" is surely as boisterous, rambunctious, and generally exuberant as any Western one is likely to see, with manically high spirits and an unrestrained celebratory mise-en-scene comprising virtually the entire first third of the film. Disarmingly cornball humor and heightened Western antics draw us into the film's welcoming milieu, provided that we are open to a tongue-in-cheek take on the genre that verges on outright parody. A stream of colorful characters flit about pleasantly throughout the film, and our gratitude for the story's good humor permits us to forgive the notable lack of character depth. This is a film which harnesses a vision that is always big, regardless of its focus: the comedy is big, the expression of Western-style themes and antics is big, and when it eventually hits, the drama and heartfelt moments are equally as big. "Destry Rides Again" lends is weight to the justifiable contention that 1939 may have been the greatest year in cinema, urging us to ever return to the purity of its wonderfully buoyant sensibility. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Good ol Jimmy Stewart this time plays the pacifist deputy sheriff and brings peace to the town via some romance, drama and rubbish comedy in a wild romp of a Western. It's decent enough owing to the lighthearted brevity. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review dave j James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis The small town of Bottleneck is under the control of Kent (Brian Donlevy), a power-hungry boss who gets control over the local cattle ranchers by winning a rigged game of cards. When the local sheriff questions the legitimacy of the game, Kent has him killed and names the town drunk, Dimsdale (Charles Winninger), as sheriff. What Kent doesn't know is that Dimsdale knows legendary lawman Tom Destry, who in turns sends his daring son Tom Destry Jr. (James Stewart) to Bottleneck to save the day.
      Director
      George Marshall
      Screenwriter
      Max Brand, Felix Jackson, Henry Myers, Gertrude Purcell
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 29, 1939, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 34m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm, Flat (1.37:1)
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