James Stewart reprises his title role from the classic 1939 western in which the son of a famous lawman is called in to clean up a town. Al;so featured in the radio version is Joan Blondell.
Destry Rides Again was supposedly based on a 1930 western novel but was really more based on the novel's title. The meat of the film comes from Brand's "Twelve Peers," a sixpart serial that appeared in Western Story Magazine beginning on February 1, 1930. The story had been filmed earlier in 1932 with Tom Mix and Zazu Pitts. Audie Murphy starred in a 1954 remake. It also had a successful run in 1959 as a Broadway musical starring Andy Griffith. The 1939 version was selected for the Library of Congress National Film Regsistry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The movie marked James Stewart's first entry into the westerns field and also revived Marlene Deitrich's flagging career.
Enjoy Destry riding again again.
As a bonus, here's Marlene Deitrich singing "The Boys in the Backroom":
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