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
Old Stumpy...no teeth...one leg...but all the rest was guts...
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Did You Know?
regarded this film as marking his transition into middle age. At 51 Wayne was starting to get overweight and he believed he was too old to play the romantic lead any more. His last four movies since The Searchers
(1956) had been unsuccessful, and he felt the only way to keep audiences coming was to revert to playing "John Wayne" in every film. See more
When Dude drops the $50 gold piece on the floor after shooting the bad guy in the loft, it makes a tinny sound when hitting the floor. A $50 gold piece was 2 1/2 ounces of gold and would make a distinct "thud" when hitting a wood floor. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in Le bassin de J.W.
Music and Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Ricky Nelson
, Walter Brennan
and Dean Martin See more