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
John Vogel <email@example.com> [edited]
The strangest trio ever to track a killer.
See more »
Did You Know?
was terrified of horses so a stunt double - often wearing a wax mask of Darby's face - would be filmed in all the scenes involving horses. See more
Although the date on Frank Ross's grave indicates he died in 1880, the rifle Cogburn carries is a Winchester Model 1892 saddle carbine. 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