James Stewart Western Collection DVD
Starring Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Allen Jenkins, Warren Hymer, Irene Hervey, Una Merkel, Tom Fadden, Arthur Kennedy, Alex Nicol, Aline MacMahon, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell, Wallace Ford, Jack Elam, John War Eagle, James Millican, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Crystal, Andy Devine, John McIntire, Paul Birch, Willis Bouchey, Henry Brandon, Harry Carey Jr., Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Rosemary Forsyth, Katharine Ross, Phillip Alford, James Best, Paul Fix, George Kennedy, Tim McIntire, Jim McMullan, Warren Oates, Denver Pyle, Charles P. Robinson, Patrick Wayne
Directed by George Marshall
Collection of four westerns starring James Stewart.
In 'Destry Rides Again' (1939), the son of a famous lawman, young Tom Destry (Stewart) is considered something of a joke when he takes up the position of deputy in the lawless town of Bottle Neck.
Destry refuses to carry a gun, and prefers a glass of milk to alcohol, which hardly makes him a match for gunslinging saloon owner Kent (Brian Donlevy), the real power behind the town.
However, with the aid of drunken sheriff 'Wash' Dimmsdale (Charles Winninger), the soft-spoken Destry sets about cleaning up Bottle Neck in his own inimitable manner, winning the admiration of Kent's blowsy, bar room singer girlfriend, Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich), along the way. 'The Man from Laramie' (1955) sees Stewart play Will Lockhart, a vengeful cow-herder who arrives in New Mexico determined to find the man who was responsible for the killing of his brother.
His brother was shot down by Apaches armed with automatic rifles, and Lockhart is looking for the man who sold them to the Indians.
In 'The Two Rode Together' (1961) Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) is marshal of a small town.
He doesn't do much to earn his badge, perferring to take money for illicit dealings.
However, he is persuaded by Lieutenant Jim Gary (Richard Widmark) to rescue a group of whites, kidnapped by the Comanche Indians.
However, when they return with two of the former captives, the townsfolk give the new arrivals a rather frosty reception.
Finally, in Civil War drama 'Shenandoah' (1965), set in 1863, Stewart plays Charlie Anderson, a wealthy farmer in Virginia who has hitherto steadfastly refused to take any part in the war that is raging around him.
But the conflict inevitably ensnares him through a series of family tragedies that include his youngest son (Philip Alford) being taken prisoner by the Unionists and charged with spying, his son James (Patrick Wayne) and daughter-in-law Ann (Katharine Ross) being murdered by a gang of looters, and the death of his eldest son Jacob (Glenn Corbett).
Meanwhile, his daughter, Jannie (Rosemary Forsyth), falls in love with a Confederate soldier, Sam (Doug McClure).
Despite the tragedies that punctuate the film, it carries strong and hopeful anti-war and pro-family messages, particularly in the sentimental finale which shows the Anderson family prevailing against all the odds.
- Format: DVD
- Region: 2
- Certification: (PG)
- EAN: 5050582801149
- Catalogue number: 8280114
- Studio: UCA
- Release date: 27/09/2010
- Genre: Drama
- Colour: Col & B/W