The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man. Written by
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, among other well-known actresses, was approached to play Mattie, but she turned it down. Robert Mitchum, whom she had just done a film with, had told her that Henry Hathaway
was cantankerous and impossible to work with. She lobbied to get Hathaway replaced by Roman Polanski, who had recently worked with successfully in "Rosemary's Baby" to no avail. She later said it was one of the biggest professional mistakes of her career. See more
The white markings on Little Blackie's legs and face change throughout the movie. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
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