John Bernard Books, a gunfighter approaching his 58th birthday, finds that he has rectal cancer and two months to live. He takes a room with Bond Rogers and her son, Gillom, to wait until death comes. Of course, his very presence starts off events in the town. The Marshal comes, prepared to die in a shootout, Gillom tries to idolize him, Bond first is disgusted and then pities him. Then, realizing that he will die in great pain, he comes up with an idea to go out with a bang. Written by
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?
To add a sense of realism to John Wayne
's character, archive footage from several of his westerns was used to introduce J.B. Books after the beginning credits. Included was footage from Red River
(1953), Rio Bravo
(1959) and El Dorado
(1966). See more
After Books and Gillom practice shooting at a tree, they go for a walk. Gillom pulls out a whiskey bottle. In the cut just before Books takes the bottle from Gillom's hand, the bottle position changes from Gillom's left hand to his right hand. See more
Mr. Books, you're the most famous man I ever knew, and the second bes' haggler.
John Bernard Books
Who's the best?
Here I stand.
Features El Dorado
Willow, Tit Willow
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne
& Lauren Bacall See more