Sheriff John T. Chance has his hands full after arresting Joe Burdette for murder. He knows that Burdette's brother Nathan, a powerful rancher, will go to any lengths to get him out of jail. Chance's good friend Pat Wheeler offers to help but within 20 minutes of making the offer is gunned down in the street, shot in the back. That leaves his elderly deputy Stumpy, the town drunk Dude - once a deputy and a pretty good shot when he was sober - and a young hand, Colorado, who used to work for Wheeler. Nathan Burdette meanwhile has a couple of dozen men at his disposal. Chance does his best to prepare all the while romancing a pretty gamblers who goes by the name of Feathers. Written by
John Wayne The big guy with the battered hat... and Dean Martin the ragged woman-wrecked castoff called Dude... and Ricky Nelson The rockin' babyfaced gunfisted kid... And Time Was Running Out Through Bullet Holes At Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo"
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Did You Know?
had deliberately moved away from westerns after The Searchers
(1956), but none of his films since then had been particularly successful or well received. This film was a return to the genre for him. See more
After Chance is tripped on the staircase, he ends up lying on
his stomach with his arm partially under him. When they roll him over, to wake him up, he is lying more on his side, and his arm is now behind him. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
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My Rifle, My Pony, and Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Dean Martin
and Ricky Nelson
(uncredited) See more