Destry

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A dishonest mayor and powerful criminal dominate a small western town. But when the town’s sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Tom Destry, son of a famed gunman, is called in to put an end to the corruption.

ACTORS : Audie Murphy, Mari Blanchard, Lyle Bettger

YEAR OF RELEASE :1954

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In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry, son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom arrives, he isn’t exactly the swaggering he-man the sheriff had in mind. In fact, Destry doesn’t even carry a gun. But the new deputy’s mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, as Decker and the other locals soon discover.

Even better than the original

  Sadly, remakes of successful movies are seldom as good as the original films. — director George Marshall’s remake with Audie Murphy of Destry Rides Again, which starred Jimmy Stewart — is one of the rare exceptions. No, Audie Murphy was not a better actor than Jimmy Stewart. But, given a good script and good direction, Audie Murphy was a far better actor than his many B movies would lead one to expect, and Destry was one of his best performances.

The fact that director George Marshall chose to remake his black and white Jimmy Stewart hit, Destry Rides Again, in Technicolor with Audie Murphy as Destry clearly indicates that Marshall felt his original film could be equaled or improved upon. And, in this viewers opinion, he was right. Both the original and the remake are good westerns but, if one can get past bias toward Jimmy Stewart — and his co-star Marlene Dietrich — and evaluate the movies purely on their merit, I believe that Audie Murphy’s Destry is the better film. At worst, it is at least as good as the original and deserves to be recognized on its own merits.

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