Destry (film)

Destry
Directed by George Marshall
Produced by Stanley Rubin
Written by Max Brand (novel Destry Rides Again)
Felix Jackson (story)
Starring Mari Blanchard
Audie Murphy
Lyle Bettger
Thomas Mitchell
Lori Nelson
Edgar Buchanan
Cinematography George Robinson
Editing by Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal International Pictures
Release date(s) December 1, 1954 (U.S.)
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English

Destry is a 1954 western starring Mari Blanchard, Audie Murphy, and Thomas Mitchell. The third and (as of 1998) final film version of Max Brand's Destry Rides Again, this 1954 version is closer to the 1939 Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart film version than it is to the Brand original. Indeed Halliwells film guide states "Almost scene-for-scene remake ...".[1] George Marshall directed both versions.

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Plot

The sheriff of a small town is shot and the crooked mayor, The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers (Edgar Buchanan), and leading crook, Phil Decker (Lyle Bettger), appoint a drunk, Reginald T. "Rags" Barnaby (Thomas Mitchell), to take the position hoping that he will be easily controlled by them. Rags announces he is to give up the drink and turns down Decker as deputy telling them he has someone else in mind, Tom Destry.

Destry (Audie Murphy) arrives on the stagecoach with great fanfare but Rags is disappointed to find out that he is a very young man and refuses to carry a gun. Destry finds out that the previous sheriff may not have died of a heart attack, as the town rumour states, while trying to resolve a land dispute over a ranch and sets about finding out how he died. This starts his quest to discover who murdered the previous town sheriff and this quest rolls together the various characters including Rags, the mayor, Decker, saloon girl Brandy (Mari Blanchard), and a young woman, Martha Phillips (Lori Nelson), who lives near town whom Destry met while riding the stagecoach into town.

The plot basically follows the same premise as the James Stewart version made years earlier.

Cast

As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified)

Actor Role
Mari Blanchard Brandy, the saloon singer
Audie Murphy Tom Destry, Jr., the new deputy
Lyle Bettger Phil Decker, mob boss
Thomas Mitchell Reginald T. 'Rags' Barnaby’, new sheriff
Lori Nelson Martha Phillips
Alan Hale, Jr. Jack Larson
Wallace Ford Doc Curtis
Mary Wickes Bessie Mae Curtis
George Wallace Curly Adams
Edgar Buchanan The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor
Mitchell Lawrence The Professor

References

  1. ^ John Walker, ed (1994). Halliwells Film Guide 10th edition. Harper Collins. p. 288. ISBN 0006383890. 

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