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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A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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Did You Know?
was considered for the role of La Boeuf, the Texas Ranger. However, "Colonel" Tom Parker
, his manager, insisted that Presley should receive top billing. The part was given to Glen Campbell
instead. See more
When Rooster hits La Boeuf with his rifle right after Mattie is captured, the rifle bends. It is obviously a rubber gun. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Referenced in Shoot Out
(Folk Song) See more