George Marshall

Destry Rides Again

Destry Rides Again

Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart ride high in this superb comedic western, both a boisterous spoof and a shining example of its genre. As the brawling, rough-and-tumble saloon singer Frenchy, Dietrich shed her exotic love-goddess image and launched a triumphant career comeback, while Stewart cemented his amiable everyman persona, in his first of many westerns, with a charming turn as a gun-abhorring deputy sheriff who uses his wits to bring law and order to the frontier town of Bottleneck. A sparkling script, a supporting cast of virtuoso character actors, and rollicking musical numbers—delivered with unmatched bravado by the magnetic Dietrich—come together to create an irresistible, oft-imitated marvel of studio-era craftsmanship.

Film Info

  • George Marshall
  • United States
  • 1939
  • 94 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #1024

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography
  • Illustrated audio excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall conducted by the American Film Institute
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover illustration by Marc Aspinall

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Apr 14, 2020

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography
  • Illustrated audio excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall conducted by the American Film Institute
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover illustration by Marc Aspinall

Destry Rides Again
Cast
Marlene Dietrich
Frenchy
James Stewart
Tom Destry Jr.
Mischa Auer
Boris
Charles Winninger
Washington Dimsdale
Brian Donlevy
Kent
Allen Jenkins
Gyp Watson
Warren Hymer
Bugs Watson
Irene Hervey
Janice Tyndall
Una Merkel
Lily Belle
Billy Gilbert
Loupgerou
Samuel S. Hinds
Judge Hiram J. Slade
Jack Carson
Jack Tyndall
Tom Fadden
Lem Claggett
Virginia Brissac
Sophie Claggett
Credits
Director
George Marshall
Produced by
Joe Pasternak
Screenplay by
Felix Jackson
Screenplay by
Gertrude Purcell
Screenplay by
Henry Myers
Original story by
Felix Jackson
Suggested by the novel ”Destry Rides Again“ by
Max Brand
Director of photography
Hal Mohr
Art director
Jack Otterson
Film editor
Milton Carruth
Set decorations
R. A. Gausman
Gowns
Vera West
Assistant director
Vernon Keays
Musical director
Charles Previn
Score
Frank Skinner
Song lyrics by
Frank Loesser
Song music by
Frederick Hollander
Sound supervisor
Bernard B. Brown