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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> [edited]
A Brand New Brand Of American Frontier Story
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was a formerly blacklisted writer because of her extremely left-wing politics. John Wayne
, who had extremely right-wing politics, knew this before he read the script. He read it and liked it. He ignored people who said he shouldn't work on anything that a "blacklisted" writer wrote. See more
When Mattie receives the money from Stonehill, the money is clearly 20th century issued US currency, and it is both smaller in size and much less intricate than the currency issued by the federal government in the years following the US Civil War. See more
Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Glen Campbell
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