John Gavin starred as Harrison Destry, a
peace-loving lawman who was sentenced to a
Texas state prison on false robbery charges.
Released early for good behavior, Harrison
wandered the West in search of the men who
framed him. Harrison's father was the legendary
lawman, Tom Destry who also liked to avoid a
fight if he could.
As he rode the dusty trail, Harrison
financed his travels by taking an odd job or
two. Sometimes he even helped a damsel in
And, although Harrison was not a fast
draw, the rugged, six-foot four-inch tall cowpoke was
quite capable with his fists. He also
had a great sense of humor.
Here are some of the adventures Destry
experienced on the trail:
- A female afraid that her father will kill
the man that wants to romance her, implicates
Destry to save her real lover.
- Destry gets involved in a search for Red
Brady who escapes a posse with the help of his
- Destry tries to convince a Minister that
bringing religion to the Indians may not be
the wisest, nor the safest idea.
- Citizens think that Destry knows the
location of loot stolen by a man who is
sentenced to be hanged.
- Destry meets a young man who is about to
receive an inheritance.
- A sweet little granny who works at the
bank grabs a stash of cash and heads out of
town on Law and Order Day.
- Destry gets on the bad side of a pretty
- Destry becomes the most popular guy in
town when he is appointed the executor of
woman's will who left her estate to a
deserving person, whom Destry has to choose.
- Destry escorts a woman to a casino so that
she can test a gambling system that will
break the bank and make her rich.
- Destry takes the job as sheriff that pays
$50 a month and offers all sorts of troubles
that just might not be worth the salary.
- Destry reaffirms his promise to find the
murderer of a good friend.
- A blood transfusion gets Destry involved
in a blood feud.
- A man hires Destry as a bodyguard. His
job? Keep away a woman who want to marry the
The series was based on the novel "Destry Rides
Again" by Max Brand and the movies
Destry Rides Again (1932), starring
Tom Mix; Destry Rides Again (1939), starring James Stewart;
and Destry (1954) starring
The series theme was composed by Randy
Sparks and sung by The Ledbetters.
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