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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After Mattie rides her horse across the river and when Rooster and Le Boeuf won't let her on the ferry, her clothes are perfectly dry. This same error occurs in the 2010 remake. 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