Destry Rides Again

Destry Rides Again

“The unexpected pairing of James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich proves uproarious and delightful in this winky Western from Universal Studios.” —Penelope B, director of programming, the Criterion Channel

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.

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Destry Rides Again
  • Destry Rides Again

    Directed by George Marshall • 1939 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer

    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 French...

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  • Imogen Sara Smith on DESTRY RIDES AGAIN

    In this interview, shot in 2020, film critic Imogen Sara Smith discusses the blend of genres on display in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, as well as the unconventional gender roles the film provides for its stars, Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart.

  • Donald Dewey on DESTRY RIDES AGAIN

    In this interview, shot in 2020, Donald Dewey, author of “James Stewart: A Biography,” discusses DESTRY RIDES AGAIN in the context of Stewart’s long acting career.

  • George Marshall on DESTRY RIDES AGAIN

    Director George Marshall recorded this oral history of his silent film career for the American Film Institute in 1973. It is presented here with images from the films he discusses.

  • DESTRY RIDES AGAIN on “Lux Radio Theatre”

    Presented here is the November 5, 1945, “Lux Radio Theatre” broadcast of DESTRY RIDES AGAIN. In it, James Stewart reprises his role as Tom Destry Jr., with Joan Blondell playing Frenchy and Leo Cleary playing Washington Dimsdale.