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
Wheeler...a chunk of solid granite now crumbling with age...
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Did You Know?
Footage from this film was incorporated into flashbacks in John Wayne
's last film, The Shootist (1976), depicting him as a younger man. See more
When Burdette's man shoots Wheeler from the stable, the rifle isn't pointed at Wheeler. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Music and Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Ricky Nelson
, Walter Brennan
and Dean Martin See more