Destry Rides Again

Synopsis: Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers. The mayor, who is in cahoots with Kent appoints the town drunk, Washington Dimsdale, 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 to be his deputy. Featuring a career reviving performance from Marlene Dietrich as bar singer Frenchie, which could well have been the inspiration for Madeline Kahn's "Blazing Saddles" character, Lili Von Schtupp.
Genre: Comedy, Western
Director(s): George Marshall
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

of crooks, but ya

ain't cheatin' me.

Take it easy, partner.

I'll show ya

how I'll take it.

Quiet! Quiet!



Nice work, honey.

Practice makes perfect.

Well, that does it.

This gives us a solid strip

of land right across the valley.

And what do we do now?

Nothin' 'til them cattle men

try to drive their herds

through without payin'.

How many steers

will come through?

Last year, there were 350,000.

Now, if we charge 'em

That makes...


Now that's money.

We're rich.

I'll get my gal's teeth

plugged with diamonds...

and just sit

and watch her smile.


I'll take care of that.

I'd rather have cash

in the bank.

And stay outta here!

[Cocking Hammer]

Just a minute, Claggett.

Where you going

with that rifle?

You let me alone, Keogh.

I'm gonna kill that

dirty cheat if it's

the last thing I do.

Now take it easy.

You ain't gonna kill nobody.

What's this all about?

That low-down skunk

sucked me into bettin'

my ranch and cattle,

and then switched cards

on me.

So Kent got you too, did he?

He thinks he did.

Gimme that gun!

Now, you go on home.

I'll see that they

don't get your ranch.

There's only one way

to stop Kent.

I'll take care of that too.

I been waitin' a long time

to catch up with that tin horn.

Now go on home. Go on.

Go on before you get

yourself killed.

Sheriff, Sheriff, Sheriff.

What's up? What's up?

Not a thing, Wash.

Oh, ya can't fool me.

I can see by the look

in yer eye and the way

you're a-walkin'.

You know, when Tom Destry

walked like that, he was

stalking his prey.

Now, if there's anything

I can do to help ya,

I'll do it.

No, thanks, Wash.

I got no need for you

and your banjo right now.

When I was Destry's deputy,

I was good with guns. I was

equal to any emergency.

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Felix Jackson

Felix Jackson (June 5, 1902 – December 7, 1992) was a German-born American screenwriter and film producer. He was born in Hamburg as Felix Joachimson. Jackson was a city editor in Germany at 21, then a dramatic and music critic, and helped manage three theaters in Berlin. He joined Joe Pasternak as a producer in Budapest in 1933. He began working in the German film industry, before relocating after the rise of the Nazi party. He moved to Austria and Hungary in the mid-1930s where he frequently collaborated with the director Henry Koster. His screenplay for the 1935 film Little Mother served as the basis for a Hollywood remake Bachelor Mother (1939) which was nominated for an Academy Award. Jackson moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s, writing the screenplay for Destry Rides Again (1939) a western starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. Naturalised U.S. citizen december 13, 1940, he was active in the European Film Fund, which provided support to European emigre filmmakers. He produced several Deanna Durbin films for Universal Pictures and they married in 1945. He joined the advertising agency Young and Rubicam in 1946, heading up its dramatic-television department. He served as executive producer of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse which aired on the ABC television network.In his fifties, Felix Jackson published a few novels. more…

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