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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While John Wayne and Henry Hathaway didn't think much of Kim Darby's acting abilities, she had nothing but praise for Wayne: "He was wonderful to work with...." However, she told Producer Hal Wallis she never wanted to work with Director Hathaway again. 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.
Referenced in L.A. Law: True Brit
Lyrics by John Newton
and music by William Walker
Sung at the hanging See more