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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later said he hated Glen Campbell
's performance, which he described as wooden, and claimed the singer was only cast so he could have a hit with the theme song which would help promote the film. See more
When they are starting out from their camp Mattie picks up the canteen by the strap and Rooster asks her "where you going with that canteen?". When they switch shots and she answers him that she is going to "wash the sleep from her face of course" the strap is suddenly slung around her shoulder. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
Sung at the hanging See more