Film Series: Destry Rides Again (1939)
FILM SERIES: WESTWARD THE WOMEN: WESTERNS, WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD
As World War II loomed, roles for women in Westerns began to expand. Postwar, these female Westerns became a significant sub-genre. Western films are loaded with subtext and symbolism and these female-centric screen gems are no exception. Screenwriter and professor Darren Foster will introduce each film and lead a guided discussion after the film. He is the founder of Film Scribe Productions and has several scripts currently under option or in production.
Directed by George Marshall. Starring Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich.
After being named Box Office Poison (by American theater owners) in 1938, Dietrich made a raucous star comeback as a bawdy saloon madam who has eyes for the local sheriff (Stewart). Destry is also famous for one of the most rousing catfights ever put on film; Dietrich and Una Merkel slug it out in a scene that took four days to film and left them both bruised and bloodied. 94 minutes. Unrated.