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::1939 - Destry Rides Again / Der Grosse Bluff



USA 1939
Universal
black & white

Synopsis:
Bottleneck is a wild and woolly town run by the crooked Kent, who owns the Last Chance Saloon and romances the saloon's feisty songstress, Frenchy. After Kent, in a scheme to seize ranch land and institute a toll crossing, uses a crooked card game to cheat Lem Claggett out of his ranch, Sheriff Keogh goes to question Kent and is never seen again. As a joke, Kent's mouthpiece, Mayor Hiram J. Slade, appoints the town drunk, Washington "Wash" Dimsdale, as sheriff. However, Wash fools Kent and his cronies when he sobers up and sends for Thomas J. Destry Jr., son of the celebrated sheriff and gunfighter, to be his deputy. When Destry arrives, however, he informs the amused citizenry that he does not carry a gun, and proceeds to combat lawlessness with homilies, much to the disgust of rancher Jack Tyndall and the delight of Kent. Destry then begins a probe of the sheriff's death, which ends in the arrest of Gyp Watson, one of Kent's henchmen, for murder. Seeking to stalemate Destry, Kent appoints Slade judge, but when he learns that Destry has sent for an honest judge, he and his gang break jail, shoot Wash in the back and free Watson. Furious, Destry straps on his guns and leads Tyndall and the other ranchers to a shootout with Kent. Meanwhile, Frenchy, who is attracted to the ingenious Destry, rallies the town's women to support their men and, armed with rolling pins, they storm the saloon. In the ensuing chaos, Frenchy meets her death while shielding Destry from Kent's bullet, and in retribution, Destry kills Kent, whose death ushers in an era of peace for the town of Bottleneck.

Cast:
MARLENE DIETRICH (Frenchy)
JAMES STEWART (Tom Destry jr.)
MISCHA AUER (Boris Callahan)
CHARLES WINNINGER (Washington Dimsdale)
BRIAN DONLEVY (Kent)
ALLEN JENKINS (Gyp Watson)
WARREN HYMER (Bugs Watson)
IRENE HERVEY (Janice Tyndall)
UNA MERKEL (Lily Belle Callahan)
BILLY GILBERT (Loupgerou)
SAMUEL S. HINDS (Judge Hiram J. Slade)
JACK CARSON (Jack Tyndall)
TOM FADDEN (Lem Claggett)
VIRGINIA BRISSAC (Sophie »Ma« Claggett)
EDMUND MACDONALD (Rockwell)
LILLIAN YARBO (Clara)
JOE KING (Sheriff Keogh)
ANN TODD (»Sister« Claggett)
DICKIE JONES (Eli Whitney Claggett)
CARMEN D'ANTONIO (Dancer)
HARRY CORDING (Rowdy)
DICK ALEXANDER, BILL STEELE GETTINGER (Cowboys)
MINERVA URECAL (Mrs. DeWitt)
BOB MCKENZIE (Doctor)
BILLY BLETCHER (Piano Player)
LLOYD INGRAHAM (Turner)
BILL CODY JR. (Boy)
LOREN BROWN, HAROLD DEGARRO (Juggler)
HARRY TENBROOK (Stage Shotgun Rider)
BUD MCCLURE (Stage Driver)
ALEX WOLOSHIN (Assistant Bartender)
CHIEF JOHN BIG TREE (Indian in Saloon)
MARY SHANNON (Woman on Street)
also Dora Clement, Florence Dudley

Crew:
GEORGE MARSHALL (Director)
JOE PASTERNAK (Producer)
ISLIN AUSTER (Co-Producer)
VERNON KEAYS (Assistant Director)
FELIX JACKSON, HENRY MYERS, GERTRUDE PURCELL (Screenplay)
HAL MOHR (Camera)
JACK OTTERSON (Art Director)
MARTIN OBZINA (Associate Art Director)
MILTON CARRUTH (Film Editor)
RUSSEL A. GAUSMAN (Set Decoration)
VERA WEST (Costumes)
CHARLES PREVIN (Musical Director)
FRANK SKINNER (Music)
ROBERT PRITCHARD (Sound Technician)
original story by FELIX JACKSON, suggested by a novel by MAX BRAND

Songs:
»Little Joe, the Wrangler«, »You've Got That Look (That Leaves Me Weak)«, »The Boys in the Back Room«
»Frenchy« (sung by Lillian Yarbo) by FREDERICK HOLLANDER (Music) und FRANK LOESSER (Lyrics)

Length:
2609m, 94 Minutes

Production:
7 September bis 2 November 1939, Universal Studios
Outdoor Filming: Kernville, California

Premiere:
29 November 1939, Rivoli Theatre, New York