Reading Points Adapting material previously published in another genre is not something that the film industry invented.
Printer Friendly Jimmy Stewart was an unusual choice to play frontier hero, and that's exactly why his western adventures are so powerful. Unlike more typical cowboy stars, Stewart's gangly figure and reserved demeanor gave his characters a vulnerability seldom seen in the genre, while his ability to blend dark, angry emotions with his status as America's Everyman lent his films a much welcome depth.
His work alongside director Anthony Mann the duo teamed up for eight pictures, five of them westerns is credited as a major influence on the growing maturity of the western that sprung up in the s and continues to this day.
Universal has repackaged six of Stewart's previously released classic westerns including three Mann films into a new box set simply titled "James Stewart: On several discs, the menu design has been minutely tweaked still remaining: The bonus material remains the same on all discs.
Since you probably wouldn't notice the difference without a direct side-by-side comparison "Far Country" aside, but I'll discuss that laterthere's little need to upgrade if you own these movies already.
But if you haven't yet added these titles to your library, here's the perfect chance. The discs now come housed in slimline cases with a more unified look to the artwork; each case is clear, allowing for additional artwork on the inside of each package.
The six cases one movie per disc are housed in a sleek cardboard slipcover.
The jokes are few and far between, and when we do get a gag, it's broad and cheap. Come to think of it, the songs aren't very good, either. I'll admit that this is a risky statement, considering "Destry" is considered a classic, one of the titles listed any time someone talks about how perfect a year was for cinema.
But bear with me here - the movie might not be anywhere near as good as its reputation suggests, and calling it the go-to western comedy is a vast overstatement, but on the other hand, as a straight-up cowboy flick with some moments of light comic relief, it's a fairly fun picture.
The Destry of the title is Thomas Jefferson Destry Stewartson of a famous lawman and a noble fella in his own right, credited here as having recently cleaned up Tombstone.
When the citizens of the lawless town of Bottleneck are informed that their sheriff has decided to suddenly move away permanently oh, maybe six feet down, perhaps?
But the drunk once knew the senior Destry and arranges for Tom to come to town as a deputy. Upon arrival, Tom quickly makes a name for himself as "No-Gun Destry" due to his refusal to carry arms.
Deemed a sissy and an easy target by the town's thugs, they're later surprised when Tom reveals himself to be a master marksman ready to fight when the time calls. And eventually it does call.
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Kent's various land-theft and graft schemes lead to murder, and when Tom's efforts to resolve matters peacefully fail, he grabs his guns and heads off to the saloon, where Kent and his men have holed up.
Thematically, Tom's sudden turn to violence doesn't quite mesh with the rest of the picture as well as it should. Unlike later Stewart westerns that would paint the star as a reluctant hero burdened by necessary killing, Tom's attitude in the later scenes is more of "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
Of course, "Destry" isn't out to provide heavy meditations on character and motivation. All it wants it to show us a good time, and so it pads the running time with colorful characters, broad farce, romance, the occasional big action set piece, and plenty of music.
Sharing top billing with Stewart is Marlene Dietrich, playing Frenchy, the slick saloon owner who sets up Kent's schemes but eventually learns the error of her ways.
This was Dietrich's first film in two years and marked a notable comeback for her, proving that she could still thrill audiences with her sultry ways.
It's spot-on casting, as the film offers a twist in gender expectations: Frenchy as the politically as well as sexually powerful center of attention, Tom as the meek pacifist a role for which Stewart was also a perfect match. Through Frenchy's commanding presence, the women of the town are the ones who ultimately rally to defeat Kent's men, and even if director George Marshall plays the idea more for chuckles than for genuine drama, thus woefully undermining any girl-power notions that spring from the plot women?
And even though her song interludes - which fill too much of the running time - are mostly bland cabaret numbers with even the Blue Angel herself unable to breathe much life into them, her command of the screen is what ultimately sells "Destry. But sure is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
However, a snafu in the film's release date left it ineligible for the Academy Awards namely, the Los Angeles premiere was one day too late. This left Dietrich missing her best chance at an Oscar, and the movie itself missed the opportunity to be listed among that year's crowded list of Best Picture nominees.
Voters failed to remember it the following year, although the box office boost was enough to kick start a popular year for Stewart; he would have four box office hits inthe last of which, "The Philadelphia Story," landed him a Best Actor Oscar. While many have suggested that award was a make-up prize for his losing in the same category the year before, others have noted that his win was more likely a result of a busy, diverse, and wildly successful twelve months, which all kicked off with "Destry.
Subtitles have been upgraded. The picture is otherwise clean, with no digital issues. I'm willing to guess that the softness on display in several shots is more an issue with the original film a little soft focus on our starlet, perhaps?
The Dolby mono soundtrack is clear, with minimal hiss.
Extras Curiously, no bonus material if any kind is included. This was the first of the Stewart-Mann pairings; when Fritz Lang turned down the chance to direct, Stewart recommended Mann, with whom he collaborated in the theater years earlier.
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