Destry Rides Again (1939) Movie Poster

Quotes from Destry Rides Again (1939)

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    • Tom Destry Jr.: Oh, I think I'll stick around. Y'know, I had a friend once used to collect postage stamps. He always said the one good thing about a postage stamp: it always sticks to one thing 'til it gets there, y'know? I'm sorta like that too.
    • [Having sworn in his new deputy]
    • Washington Dimsdale: Here's your badge. Don't let anybody see it.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, you will fool 'em, Wash. We'll fool 'em together.
    • Washington Dimsdale: The only way to do that is fill 'em full of lead.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: No, no, no, what for? You shoot it out with 'em and for some reason or other, I don't know why, they get to look like heroes. But you put 'em behind bars and they look little and cheap, the way they oughta look.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: I'll bet you've got kind of a lovely face under all that paint, huh? Why don't you wipe it off someday and have a good look - and figure out how you can live up to it.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: He reminds me of a little kid I used to know. He done in both his pa and ma with a crowbar.
    • Washington Dimsdale: No!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Yes, he did. Now the judge said to him, "Do you got anything to say for yourself?". And the kid said, "Well I just hope that Your Honor has some regard for the feelings of a poor orphan."
    • Washington Dimsdale: Oh, Tom! Look here! Look at this post! Soaked through and through with the blood of Sawtooth McGhee. Yeah, he objected to a petticoat a neighbor's wife was wearing... and they fit to a draw. Both are buried in the same grave.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Sawtooth and the petticoat?
    • Washington Dimsdale: No! Sawtooth and the neighbor! And four innocent bystanders!
    • [Destry & Dimsdale have stopped the gunfight at the Claggett farm. One of Kent's men points a gun at Dimsdale. Destry hits him o]
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Big bee - about that big - right on the back of your neck. I got him, though.
    • Bugs Watson: Thanks.
    • Jack Tyndall: I ain't one of your weak-livered citizens that busts out cryin' every time you snap your fingers and I ain't gonna pay Kent's fancy prices. Now whaddaya aim to do about it?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Nothin' at present.
    • Jack Tyndall: That's what I thought. Well, I'll get somethin' done about it if I have to take the law in my own hands!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Nobody's gonna set themselves up above the law around here, ya understand? I got somethin' to say to you. I think maybe I could illustrate it a little better if I told you a story: I used to have a friend that was an opera singer. Then he went into the cement business - and one day he fell into the cement. And now he's the cornerstone of the post office in St. Louis, Missouri. He shoulda stuck to his own trade. You better stick to yours.
    • Washington Dimsdale: Frenchy, am I really Sheriff?
    • Frenchy: Sure you are!
    • Washington Dimsdale: Then I'm off the liquor. A man's got to choose between the bottle and the badge.
    • [Wash announces he will send for Tom Destry to be his Deputy Sheriff]
    • Frenchy: But Destry's dead!
    • Bugs Watson: That makes him the right man for the job.
    • Gyp Watson: Save us a lot of trouble.
    • Washington Dimsdale: Is that so? Well, young Tom ain't dead and his father brought him up to be the toughest and fightin'est man that ever growed up in the West! He ain't got as big a name as his pa, but he cleaned up Tombstone and I'm sendin' for him to be my deputy and when he gets here, Destry will ride again!
    • [Boris has bet and lost his pants in game of poker]
    • Boris: Frenchy, think of my position. I've met every king in Europe!
    • Frenchy: Now you've met two aces in Bottleneck. Off with your pants.
    • Kent: I collect Deputy Sheriff's guns. Whenever I meet a new deputy, I ask him for his gun and I ask him real nice.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: I'm sorry, Mr. Kent. I'm afraid this here's one gun your collection's going to be minus.
    • Kent: You mean I'm going to have to take it?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: If you can. Now, hold on! Hold on. Don't get excited here. I'm just tryin' to tell you that I ain't got any guns. You see if I woulda had a gun then, why, one of us might have been hurt and it might be me. I wouldn't want that to happen... would I?
    • Lily Belle: Hey you! Give me those pants. And from now now on, leave my husband alone.
    • Frenchy: I don't want your husband, Mrs. Callahan - all I want is his money... and his pants.
    • Lily Belle: And how'd you get 'em? By making eyes at him while you cheated, you gilded lily!
    • Frenchy: But Mrs. Callahan, you know he would rather be cheated by me than married to you.
    • Frenchy: Get out before I kill you!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: You mean you haven't been tryin'?
    • Washington Dimsdale: How are you going to face anybody after what you took from Kent and Frenchy?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Law and order.
    • Washington Dimsdale: Without guns?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Without 'em!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Whadja expect me to do?
    • Washington Dimsdale: I expected you to be like your pa, comin' out blasting behind your shootin' irons! And what happened? You didn't have any? Why?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: I don't believe in 'em.
    • Washington Dimsdale: You did the last time I heard about ya. What in thunder has come over ya since then?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Wash, my pa had these
    • [guns]
    • Tom Destry Jr.: on that day in Tombstone when he got shot in the back. Didn't seem to do him much good, did they? That's one reason I don't believe in 'em.
    • Washington Dimsdale: What in tarnation do you believe in?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Don't let me interfere with your dinner, ma'am.
    • Frenchy: It's breakfast.
    • Boris: Observe my brain in action. Now where would I go if I were a dead body? Would I stay in the open? No - no privacy.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Mm-hmm. Wouldn't go in the river if you can't swim.
    • Washington Dimsdale: Why didn't I stay in the gutter where I was well off?
    • Boris: Would I go under the ground? No - there's no future in it.
    • [last lines]
    • Janice Tyndall: I'm sorry, Tom, but it sounded like murder at least.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Oh, well. That's probably just the Russian way of expressin' somethin'. You know, speakin' of marriage, Janice...
    • Janice Tyndall: Yes, Tom?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: I had a friend once...
    • Lem Claggett: I told you what that woman did to me. Why, the game was as crooked as a hog's tail!
    • Judge Slade: According to the provisions of the statutes of our territorial commonwealth, you gentleman of the jury have been selected as representative citizens of our fair community. We want to see that the public's faith is justified. So when you boys retire to consider a verdict, stay out awhile. Mr. Kent will see that you are plentifuly provided with liquid refreshments. And after you have deliberated sufficiently, weighed all the evidence fair and square, and brought in a verdict of not guilty, you will be amply rewarded. You understand?
    • Janice Tyndall: Please don't mind my brother, Mr. Destry. He's always threatening to blow people's heads off.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: I had - I had a friend once. His name was Stubbs. He was always going around threatening to blow people's heads off. One day a fella came along and took him up on it.
    • Jack Tyndall: Well?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, folks say that now Stubbs' forehead is holding up the prettiest tombstone in Greenlawn Cemetery.
    • Boris: All I want is to be a cowboy and to wear my own pants!
    • Frenchy: All or nothin', I always say.
    • Frenchy: We're rich!
    • Gyp Watson: I'll get my gal's teeth plugged with diamonds and just sit and watch her smile.
    • Frenchy: What are you doing?
    • Clara: I didn't do it! I didn't do it!
    • Frenchy: What's the matter with you?
    • Clara: Oh, Miss Frenchy, I was just tryin' to shut out the boomin' and the bangin' of them there pop guns.
    • Frenchy: What do you expect in a town like this?
    • Clara: I expect I's just gonna remain a mass of quiverin' flesh.
    • Clara: I'd like to sink my chatterin' teeth in some good old Louisiana oysters!
    • Frenchy: The longer they wait, the better they like it.
    • [singing]
    • Frenchy: I should be brave and say, Let's have no more of it, But, oh, what's the use when you know, I love - it...
    • Kent: Drinks on the house, everybody!
    • Loupgerou: I set 'em up and you drink 'em down. I set 'em up and you drink 'em down. I set 'em up and you drink 'em down. This is getting monotonous!
    • [sarcastically]
    • Creepy's Friend: Careful, Creepy, that's "no gun" Destry.
    • Washington Dimsdale: I ain't seen nothin' like you since the last time I was drunk. And them green snakes and pink buffalos, I can account for them, but, you - you got to listen to me.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: You know, I've seen hundreds like you, all the way from Jacksonville to Sacramento, and you all think easy pickins will last forever.
    • Frenchy: You better mind your own business or you're heading for trouble.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Trouble *is* my business.
    • Frenchy: Well, you'll have plenty from me!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Oh, now, come on. I don't think you're half as bad as you make out to be.
    • Frenchy: Never mind what I am.
    • [admiring a friend's new dress]
    • Lily Belle: You better make the most of it today. Everybody in town will copy it by tomorrow.
    • Townswoman: Including your Wild Cat friend across the street.
    • Lily Belle: I'd like to make a dress for her: half tar and half feathers.
    • Lily Belle: What's the matter?
    • Loupgerou: Prunes everyday for breakfast, I don't mind. Torn sheets, I got used to. But, pants, I cannot swallow.
    • Lily Belle: What are you talkin' about?
    • Loupgerou: Pants! Mine are gone.
    • Lily Belle: Take off them pants!
    • Boris: Oh, now listen here my little sugar plum, you all can't do this to me.
    • Lily Belle: I'll you all you, you misfit cossack, you. Take off them pants!
    • Boris: Now, listen, Lilly Bellish, I can't keep goin' around without pants!
    • Lily Belle: You ain't goin' around. Take off them pants.
    • Boris: Oh! How can I learn to be a cowboy if you won't let me go out and gamble?
    • Lily Belle: A fine gambler you are. You ought to be ashamed of yourself, losing your pants!
    • Lily Belle: Here's your pants. Please watch them a little closer after this.
    • Loupgerou: You watch your husband, I'll watch my pants!
    • Washington Dimsdale: Lily Belle, maybe Destry knows what he's a-doin'.
    • Lily Belle: It's time the decent people of this town joined up and got rid of them hoodlums!
    • Jack Tyndall: Well, you better start in with that watery-eyed sheriff and that gun-shy, lady-fingered, deputy of his!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: What are my pants doin' on your legs?
    • Boris: These are the legs of a Stavrogin of Bardicheff. Let your pants remain on them and earn their gratitude. Refuse - and take their curse.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: I think I'll take both the curse and the pants.
    • Washington Dimsdale: What do you want to find the body of Keogh for?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, we can't prove that a murder's been done if we can't produce a corpus delicti, can we?
    • Washington Dimsdale: Corpus delicti? I thought you were lookin' for Keogh!
    • Washington Dimsdale: Oh, why didn't I stay in the gutter where I was well off?
    • Kent: Did you have any callers at the house today?
    • Frenchy: Men, women or children?
    • Kent: Start actin' smart with me and I'll slap you around!
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Have you been throwin' things again?
    • Frenchy: How did you know?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, I read a book once it said women always look their best in the peace and quiet that follows a storm of violence.
    • Frenchy: That's pretty good. Would've been much nicer if you'd thought of that yourself.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, as a matter of fact, I did.
    • Frenchy: Everybody thirsty? Bartender!
    • [singing]
    • Frenchy: See what the boys in the backroom will have, And tell them I'm having the same...
    • Bugs Watson: I bet if the things gone then Destry's in on it. If he is, can I personally slap him in the mouth with my pistol?
    • Kent: You wouldn't want to hit a deadman, would you?
    • Bugs Watson: Yeah! No. Well, I don't know?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, might as well go the whole hog or nothin'. How about you and me havin' a dance together, Frenchy?
    • Gyp Watson: Cheese. Cheese! Cheese for breakfast, cheese for lunch! Tell my brother to stop sending me cheese! I ain't no mouse!
    • Washington Dimsdale: What do you want now?
    • [from the jail cell]
    • Gyp Watson: I want beer! But, I'll take water.
    • Frenchy: I'm going back to New Orleans.
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Well, folks are all gonna miss you around here. All except a few wives, I suppose.
    • Frenchy: What about you?
    • Tom Destry Jr.: Me too.
    • Jack Tyndall: Are you women crazy? Get back!
    • Kent: Get outta the way, you women!
    • Boris: Get back! Get back!
    • Frenchy: Tom. Oh, Tom, would you kiss a fellow good-bye?
    • Eli Whitney Claggett: Did he ever tell you the one where he stopped a tribe of injuns single-handed?
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