Destry Rides Again

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Marvellous comedy Western, with Stewart's pacifist, reputedly wimpy marshal taming the lawless town of Bottleneck by means of words and jokes rather than the gun Donlevy's villain repeatedly provokes him to use. What is remarkable about the film is the way it combines humour, romance, suspense and action so seamlessly (with individual scenes - Dietrich singing 'See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have', Stewart's delicious parable about a homicidal orphan, Mischa Auer losing his pants - indelibly printed in the memory). Flawless performances, pacy direction and a snappy script place it head and shoulders above virtually any other spoof oater.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Marshall
Screenwriter: Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, Henry Myers
Cast: Una Merkel
Brian Donlevy
Charles Winninger
Marlene Dietrich
Mischa Auer
James Stewart
Billy Gilbert
Jack Carson
Samuel S Hinds
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