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

[Gunshots, Men Whooping]








Well, if I don't bet 'em,

ya may not think I got 'em,

so I'm bettin'.

That's good.

[Laughing] A deuce

in the hole in this game

is good as an ace.

Thought you

was tough, Kent.


Too good for me, Claggett.

Deal me out a hand.

I never knew money

was so easy to get.


[Music Playing,

Indistinct Chatter]

It was LittleJoe

the wrangler

He will wrangle never more

For his days with the roundup

they are o'er

They are o'er

'Twas a year ago last April

when he rode up to our camp

Just a little Texas stray

and nothing more

And nothing more






Oh, whatever become ofhim,

I don't know

She don't know

Oh, he sure did like his liquor

and it would have got his ticker

But the sheriff got

him quicker, yee-yahoo






Oh, wherever his body

lies I don't know

She don't know

When the yellow moon

was beamin' he could

wrangle like a demon

And you'd always hear

him screamin' yee-yahoo






Oh, whatever he's

doing now I don't know

She don't know

He had women by the dozens

and he swore

they was his cousins

'Til he met up with

their husband, yee-yahoo





Oh, LittleJoe


Whatever happened to him

I don't know

But I sure do like

my liquor

But I can see

ya got it quicker

And I hope it makes

you sick, you buffalo

How's everybody doing?

Not bad. Not bad.

I could use a little touch

of that rabbit's foot of yours.

I say you could.

He'll need more

than a rabbit's foot

to catch up with me.

I'll more than likely

own this whole shebang

before the night's over.

Then you'll be workin'

for me, Frenchy.

That's fine. Maybe I can

get a little raise.

You betcha can.

You betcha can.

Anybody like a sandwich?

No, but I'll have

some coffee.

Me too.

Yeah, I'll take some.

None for me, thanks.

Bet 50.

[Foot Kicking]

Oh. I'll stay.

Let's keep

the small fry out.

I'll make it 100.

I fold.

Ace-ten bets.

Ace oughta be worth

about, uh, 500.

Not me.

I'll stay.

I drop.

Pair of eights bets.

Bet 1,000.

Pair of eights, huh?

Well, I got an eight myself,

so I don't think you

got three of'em.

But just to find out,

I'll bump ya 2,000.

Eh, Frenchy?

All or nothin',

I always say.

Me too.


I'll call.


Last card coming up.

- Pair of aces bets.

- Pair of aces.

I guess that

oughta fold ya up.

Wait a minute.

Make your bet.

Ya mean ya ain't droppin'?

I'm still in.

And I still don't think

ya got three eights,

so pop goes the weasel.


Think that's enough?

Don't you?

You're bettin'.

Well, dern my hide.

I got a 3,000-acre ranch...

and 1,500 head of cattle

worth at least $ 10,000...

that says you don't want

any part of it.


Golly, that's hot!


Can't ya be more

careful, Frenchy?

My heel caught on something.

Let me wipe you off.

Oh, that's

all right, Frenchy.

Accidents'll happen.

I'm sorry.

That's all right.

Forget it. Forget it.

Let's play poker.

Callin' my bet or ain't ya?

I'll call.

Three shining aces.


I had an ace in the hole.

How'd that deuce get there?

Maybe you only seen

one end of it.

I saw what I saw.

Well, I guess that makes

my two pair good.

You take your hands

off that pot.

Behave yourself.

You keep outta this.

You were bluffing,

and you were called.

You're all a bunch

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.

I know. I know.

Some other time.

[Everyone Laughing]

Aw, laugh!

Laugh, you coyotes!

Lookin' for somebody,


Yes, I aim

to find out from Kent...

why he's turnin'

that poker game into

a land-grab business.


Now you'll do a lot better

for yourself if you come

over and buy me a drink.

I know what's good for me.

I'm sure ya do.


they don't believe me.

They don't know what

a big man I was.

I was Tom Destry's deputy,

wasn't I?

Sure, sure, sure.

There, you see?

Go and buy yourself

something to drink.

[Chuckling] Oh!

How'd everything go up there?

I still serve the best

coffee in Bottleneck.

What'd Keogh have

on his mind?

Oh, he was just getting

a little curious about

that real estate business.

I think I'll have

to buy myself an option

on his curiosity.


I think you'll

have to buy yourself

a whole new sheriff.

If you can find one.

What are ya doing?

I didn't do it.

I didn't do it.

What's the matter with you?

Oh, Miss Frenchy, I was

just tryin' to shut out...

the boomin' and the bangin'

of them there pop guns.

What do you expect

in a town like this?

I expect I's gonna remain...

a mass

of quiverin' flesh.


What's comin' up,

a new gold rush?

We never got anything

like that in New Orleans.

Maybe so, maybe so,

but it was a heap

more peaceful.

I'd like to sink my

chattering teeth in some

good ol' Louisiana oysters.

Here, sink your teeth Into this.

Maybe that will stop the chattering.

Oh, it will help.


[Knock At Door]

- Come in.

- They're waitin'

for ya, Frenchy.

The longer they wait,

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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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