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
Wheeler...a chunk of solid granite now crumbling with age...
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Did You Know?
After seeing the film, Gary Cooper
said it was "so phony, nobody believes in it." Ironically, Cooper had been a visitor to the set since he was filming The Hanging Tree
(1959) nearby. "Rio Bravo" is considered to be John Wayne
and Howard Hawks
' reply to Gary Cooper's own film High Noon
(1952) because neither Wayne or Hawks thought a real lawman would want or need to ask for help in handling a problem like Cooper's character did in that film. See more
While asking Chance how he ended up as a sheriff, Feathers is handling a small bowl, taken up from the bar. In the next shot, her hands are empty. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
My Rifle, My Pony, and Me
(as Original Songs)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Dean Martin
and Ricky Nelson
(uncredited) See more