Destry (1954)

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In his desire to control a frontier town, ruthless town boss Decker appoints the town drunk as sheriff who, in return, hires gunfighter Destry as his deputy.



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26 June 2017 | ma-cortes
| Pretty good western chronicles a strong fight between a peacemaker and a nasty Saloon owner
Western comedy with George Marshall's inspired direction . This spirited realization that never flags results to be a potpourri of Western , comedy , irony and action . A peaceful and milksop cowboy named Tom Destry performed by the good-mannered Audie Murphy cleans up an uncontrollably lawless Western town . The mild and unarmed Tom is appointed as deputy by the crusading sheriff , the battle-loving drunk called Barnaby (well played by Thomas Mitchell) . These were the adventures , fighting , laughing and brawling from a peace-loving stranger named Destry . He had a grudge to settle , a town to tame and two woman fighting to make him their man . At the small town rules the powerful villain Decker (Lyle Bettger previously played by Brian Donlevy) . There Tom meets Brandy , a beautiful dancer (Mari Blanchard in a similar interpretation to Marlene Dietrich) . Tom makes Brandy change her brand . A hard-boiled Brandy with a difference -rouged but rugged- who fights , yells , yodels her way , sharp-nailed to love . When a tough western town needs taming , the mild-mannered son of the famous hard-nosed Tom Destry gets the job .

From the roaring pages of Max Brand's immortal classical comes the story of the day the West will never forget .., the day Destry carried a gun . This Universal-International-Picture gets Western action , shootouts , a love story , musical numbers and a breathtaking final confrontation at the saloon . This is a classic Hollywood Western , print in Technicolor , it turns out to be a mixture of thrills , brawls , crossfire and humor . Audie Murphy gives a sympathetic acting as a sheriff helper , new deputy's mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, this brawling Western turned him movie career all around the world and became him a box-office again . Murphy won more tan 20 medals , being the most decorated American soldier , including the Congressional Medal of Honor and he was also awarded five decorations by France and Belgium . Murphy starred a great number of Westerns as ¨The kid from Texas¨, ¨Cimarron Kid¨, ¨Gunpoint¨, ¨Night Passage¨, ¨The Gunrunners¨, ¨Posse from Hell¨, ¨Gunfight at Comanche¨, ¨Rifles Apaches¨, ¨The Unforgiven¨, ¨Red badge of courage¨, ¨Legend of Sam Ward¨, ¨Whispering Smith¨, ¨40 Guns at Apache pass¨ , ¨Texas kid¨ , among others . Being usually directed by Jesse Hibbs who directed various Audie Murphy vehicles such as : this ¨To hell and Back¨ (1955) , ¨World in My Corner¨ (1956) , ¨Ride a Crooked Trail¨ (1958) , ¨Medal of Honor¨ and ¨To Hell and Back¨. Support cast is frankly nice , providing splendid interpretations . Thomas Mitchell ideally cast as sheriff shows his usual delicious fair play for comedy . Lovely acting of Mari Blanchard as the stubborn Saloon girl at a similar role to previous Marlene Dietrich , she is the dance hall entertainer who sings on the bar some vintage songs , including new catchy tunes. And excellent Lyle Bettger as the crooked gambler and Lori nelson as Martha , the trusting sweetheart.

This motion picture was professionally directed by George Marshall in colorful style , though has a few flaws . He realized a great number of films , especially Westerns . His first Western was ¨Wild Gold¨(1934) and he subsequently directed ¨Destry rides again¨ with James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich in which years later he would make a remake titled ¨Frenchie¨ with Audie Murphy and Marie Blanchard . As George Marshal introduces hilarious elements and amusement in his Westerns , such as ¨Texas¨ , ¨Fancy pants¨, ¨Advance to the rear¨, and also directs Musical Westerns as ¨Red Garters¨ and ¨The second greatest sex¨ . Being particularly known for his co-direction of the epic Western ¨How the west was won¨ along with Henry Hathaway and John Ford .

This is the fourth of the quartet adaptations based on the novel by Max Brand . The novel was adapted for a Broadway musical starring Andy Griffith and opened at the April 23 , 1959 at the Imperial Theatre and ran for 472 performances . And several cinematic renditions : the first was titled by American exhibitors as ¨ Justice rides again (1932)¨ with Tom Mix and the role of Tom Destry was originally intended for Gary Cooper , but he wanted more money than the producers were willing to pay him . It was then offered to James Stewart , who took it in ¨Destry rides again¨(1939) , along with Marlene Dietrich , Charles Winninger , Thomas Mitchell ; the following version released in 1951 under title ¨ Frenchie ¨ and this fourth take on exhibited in 1954 also directed by George Marshall with Audie Murphy and Marie Blanchard in similar characters to James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich .

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