John Books an aging gunfighter goes to see a doctor he knows for a second opinion after another doctor told him he has a cancer which is terminal. The doctor confirms what the other said. He says Books has a month maybe two left. He takes a room in the boarding house and the son of the woman who runs it recognizes him and tells his mother who he is. She doesn't like his kind but he tells her of his condition she empathizes. Her son wants him to teach him how to use a gun. Books tries to tell him that killing is not something he wants to live with. Books not wanting to go through the agony of dying from cancer tries to find a quicker way to go. Written by
He's got to face a gunfight once more to live up to his legend once more. To win just one more time.
Did You Know?
greatly admired director Don Siegel
and had said he would like to have played Clint Eastwood
's role in Dirty Harry
(1971). Wayne was never actually offered the part however because of his age, although he later made two cop movies of his own. However, Wayne disliked Siegel's direction and felt the film needed a more visually epic style. The two were at odds during the filming and reportedly Wayne took over direction at times. See more
When Books shoots Cobb in the final scene in the bar, Cobb's blood pack is clearly visible beneath his shirt. See more
John Bernard Books
Bond, I don't believe I ever killed a man that didn't deserve it.
Surely only the Lord can judge that.
Willow, Tit Willow
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne
& Lauren Bacall See more