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Destry Rides Again PG

Part of Celebrating Marlene Dietrich
USA, 1939, George Marshall, 95m.

Marlene Dietrich as the cynical saloon bar proprietor and James Stewart as the sheriff raise this classic western to a new level. It also transformed Dietrich’s image by giving her a more popular, playful role than ones she previously performed under her long-time director, Josef von Sternberg.

This transformation of Dietrich into a more “approachable” and earthy figure is also built into the film’s narrative, with her character transitioning from a highly sexualised and cosmetically enhanced bar-room singer (famously intoning the prescient “See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have”, amongst others) into a more “suitable”, less rouged object of Stewart’s affection.

1939 saw the release of four significant westerns by major directors – Henry King’s Jesse James, John Ford’s Stagecoach, Cecil B. DeMille’s Union Pacific and Michael Curtiz’s Dodge City – before the crowning achievement, Destry Rides Again, made its bow at the very end of the year.

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