Destry Rides Again
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Tom Destry (James Stewart), son of a legendary frontier peacekeeper, doesn't believe in gunplay. Thus he becomes the object of widespread ridicule when he rides into the wide-open town of Bottleneck, the personal fiefdom of the crooked Kent (Brian Donlevy). His detractors laugh even louder when Destry signs on as deputy to drunken sheriff Wash Dimsdale (Charles Winninger). But the laughter subsides when Destry casually proves himself a crack shot, despite his abhorrence of firearms. Later, when saloon chanteuse Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich), Kent's gal, takes umbrage at Destry's… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, both in top form, this comedic-erotic Western was one of the most commercially popular films of 1939."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"While not a major film, it's one of those odd Hollywood mixtures where everything comes together just right."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hollywood at its hokum best."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Shows that the deconstruction of the Western began long before Unforgiven"
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A close-to-brilliant comedy-Western ... until the end."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"See what the boys in the back room & Dietrich & Stewart are's great!"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Destry Rides Again (1939) is a popular, marvelous Western comedy spoof/farce from Universal Pictures."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"The movie might not be anywhere near as good as its reputation suggests, but as a straight-up cowboy flick with moments of light comic relief, it's a fairly fun picture."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A wonderful comic Western with Stewart and Dietrich at top form. Always a pleasure to watch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Overrated, but with enough great moments to be a must-see"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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