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 when 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?
There had been some opposition to the casting of John Wayne
, since the producers thought that at 68 he was too old to be believable as a gunfighter. It was producer Dino De Laurentiis
who insisted on the casting of Wayne. John Bernard Books was only 50 in the novel. See more
When Sweeney drives up and stops his automobile outside the Metropole, there is a visible "stop" device for the car placed on the ground at the left front wheel. See more
John Bernard Books
[Clearly depressed when Hostetler tells him his cancer is fatal
You told me I was strong as an ox!
Dr. E.W. Hostetler
Well, even an ox dies.
Willow, Tit Willow
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne
& Lauren Bacall See more