"Destry Rides Again" (1939) is a Western spoof directed by George Marshall. A small Western town is being overrun by gunslinging thugs who are the means by which its corrupt mayor and his compatriots -- one of whom is a jaded saloon singer played by Marlene Dietrich -- maintain power and terror over its citizens. When town sheriff Keough threatens to enforce the law, he is quietly eliminated. The mayor names in his place the local drunk Washington Dimsdale, long a laughing-stock for his sotted reminiscences about the glory days of old when he rode with the legendary (and now deceased) law-enforcing gunman, Tom Destry.
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To everyone's surprise, Dimsdale takes the job seriously, gives up the bottle, and sends for Destry Jr., assuming him to be a formidable tough guy like his father who will help him clean up the town. Alas, when Destry Jr. arrives, he turns out to be an amiable, mild-mannered, self-effacing man who carves napkin rings for a hobby and refuses to carry a gun. Destry Jr. is played by James Stewart.
The new sheriff is ready to give up then and there, but Destry Jr. insists on staying to find out what happened to the missing sheriff and to restore law and order. But he insists on doing it his way, relying on diplomacy and charm to extract the clues to the mystery of the missing sheriff (and to beguile Marlene Dietrich) under the noses of the bad guys, who assume him to be a harmless joke. Eventually, however, the mayor and his cronies figure out what is going on and a showdown is inevitable. Destry Jr. will have to show that when all other means have been exhausted, he can -- and will -- handle a gun with the best of them.
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