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
JOHN WAYNE - DEAN MARTIN - RICKY NELSON -- WARNER BROS. BRING THEM TOGETHER IN HOWARD HAWKS' "RIO BRAVO" (original ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the rifle used by John Wayne
(also used in El Dorado
(1967)) and the hat and shotgun used by Walter Brennan
are on display. See more
After they put Joe in jail, and Joe tells Dude he should sit back there in place of Stumpy, Dude is holding his beer bottle down by his hip. When the camera angle changes, Dude is holding the bottle up by his mouth, and then throws it at Joe. 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