Tom Destry (James Stewart), son of a legendary frontier peacekeeper, doesn’t believe in gunplay. Thus he becomes the object of widespread ridicule when he rides into the wide-open town of Bottleneck, the personal fiefdom of the crooked Kent (Brian Donlevy).
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It's impossible to get bored watching this. It might be predictable, but it has all the necessary elements to make it memorable: Marlene Dietrich singing and throwing one of the best tantrums in film history, Stewart being his usual charming self, and a mob of angry women rebelling against their unruly husbands. Great stuff.
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.
With an unbridled sense of joy and a cast of actors who seem to be having a ball, this spoof of Westerns is a delight no matter how many times you watch it. As it adheres to and pokes fun to all the usual conventions, Stewart stands out the most in his first Western. With only one studio set, the film's crackling dialogue, physical comedy, & great supporting cast are a delight in this flawless and well-balanced film.
Quality entertainment. Dietrich singing, with another strong and quite masculine role, Jimmy Stewart at its very best (straight from Capra's world) and of course great chemistry between the two. Stewart's part is similar to the one he will play in "Liberty Valance" with this idea of justice without violence, a key moment in western History. George Marshall is a competent director but it's really about the cast here.