The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach. Written by
...and the girl they all call 'Feathers'
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Did You Know?
Wayne's character is called "Sheriff", "Chance", and "John T." all through the movie. The only time he is called "John" is by Dude after he is ambushed at the stable. See more
John T. Chance wears a wedding ring throughout the movie even though he was not a married man in the story. However John Wayne
was married at the time in real life, and for some reason, did not take his ring off during filming. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in Death Proof
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Performed by Ricky Nelson
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