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
The fought back to back...No quarter given...No quarter asked...No way in...No way out...of Rio Bravo
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Did You Know?
For most of the film Chance (John Wayne
) has the front of his hat turned up to make him look a little soft and friendly. However in the tough guy scenes when Chance informs Nathan Burdette that he will have Stumpy kill his brother if there is any trouble, the front of the hat is turned down, in traditional tough guy mode. 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 Daria: Camp Fear
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Dean Martin
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