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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was considered for the role of Mattie Ross. She read the script but wanted to avoid being typecast in juvenile roles, so she turned it down. See more
When Rooster gives LeBoeuf his jacket to cover up the chimney at the dugout where Moon and Quincy were; Le Boeuf throws the jacket over his horse's saddle and sits on top of the jacket. When he emerges on the other side of the river, the jacket is in front of him over the horn of the horses' saddle. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Sexual Liberty Now
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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