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Primed with action and laughs and human sentiment.
It combines humour, romance, suspense and action so seamlessly.
Good fun every minute of it.
A rather tired Western with a rather tired Dietrich.
Starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, both in top form, this comedic-erotic Western was one of the most commercially popular films of 1939.
A close-to-brilliant comedy-Western ... until the end.
The movie might not be anywhere near as good as its reputation suggests, but as a straight-up cowboy flick with moments of light comic relief, it's a fairly fun picture.
While not a major film, it's one of those odd Hollywood mixtures where everything comes together just right.
See what the boys in the back room & Dietrich & Stewart are having...it's great!
A wonderful comic Western with Stewart and Dietrich at top form. Always a pleasure to watch.
Hollywood at its hokum best.
The conceit of the seeming milksop who’s actually tougher than the hooligans was already a cliché when the movie was made, but Destry has a few twists to keep things interesting.
Not merely a Western (although it is that, particularly insofar as the diversity of the frontier goes), but one of the most entertaining films of all times, it concerns a new lawman who comes to clean a corrupt town --- w/o using his guns. Marlene Dietrich is the head saloon girl (is there a heart of gold under the makeup?) as wild and woolly as they come, smitten by the first decent guy she meets, James Stewart. Una Merkel, Brian Donlevy and Charles Winninger round out the cast headliners for a rich filmic gumbo of an experience. They don't make them like this anymore!
This is a fun movie! Frenchy (a strange character name) played by Marlene Dietrich is the inspiration for Madeline Kahn's Lili Von Shtupp. Destry is another great creation by Jimmy Stewart. There are plenty of slapstick bits from the barroom brawls and the supporting characters and heaps of wisecracks from Destry, who would rather reason his way out of a fight than shoot his way out.
When the sheriff of a corrupt frontier town is murdered and replaced with the town drunk, the man calls on the services of the son of a legendary law man only to find that he is a pacifist. James Stewart is at his very best for this, one of his defining roles. His easy going charm and integrity are a perfect foil for Marlene Dietrich's feisty music hall girl (so brilliantly parodied by Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles) and they have fantastic chemistry together; the cat-fight scene is pure comedy gold. Essentially a story about standing by your principles no matter what the provocation, all the characters are impossible to dislike with some great comic relief provided by a quality supporting cast. Consistently funny with a timeless story of a hero who refuses to resort to violence in the face of adversity, this is one of my all time favourites and a true classic from the golden age.
Until recently, I assumed this was just the usual old-fashioned Western. Didn't realize it was funnier than the norm nor, more importantly, just how much "Blazing Saddles" owes to this story (the new sheriff who thwarts the enemy in non-violent ways, the vampy German saloon singer, the drunken sidekick with past glories...). That said, "Destry" wasn't quite as much of a comedy as I hoped, though the recurrent "I knew a guy" gag is wonderfully droll. And Marlene Dietrich is lots of fun to watch -- she's obviously having a ball with her role.
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