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Destry Rides Again

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.14 /10
James Stewart , Marlene Dietrich , Mischa Auer
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Directed by: George Marshall
Written by: Felix Jackson, Henry Myers, Gertrude Purcell, from Max Brand's novel

Released: 1939
Origin: US
Length: 94

Peace-loving sheriff (James Stewart, pictured left) is eventually forced to sort out the bad guys.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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James Stewart is delightful, and Marlene Dietrich (pictured right) gives one of her most flamboyant performances as Frenchy the saloon singer.

Surprisingly, most critics on release hated it; perhaps they were confused as to whether the melodramatic elements were to be taken seriously, or maybe they were pre-judging it. Stewart was not yet a star, and Dietrich had just appeared in a string of bad movies.

Whatever the reason, they were dead wrong; it became a big hit, and is now rightly considered among the best comedy westerns. A remake of Justice Rides Again (1932).

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