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
Burdette...he was the knife poised at the throat of Rio Bravo...
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Did You Know?
Although Harry Carey Jr.
was listed in the credits on-screen, he does not appear in the picture. Carey had a drinking problem at the time. He called director Howard Hawks
"Howard" instead of "Mr. Hawks" on one of his first days on the set, infuriating Hawks. His contract, including his pay and his screen credit, was honored, but his part (a townsman) was cut. 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.
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