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?
fell ill with influenza during the production and was hospitalized for a fortnight. It was uncertain at one point whether the film would actually be completed. The production was shut down for two weeks. See more
In the final shoot-out the mirror behind the bar is real at the beginning and up to the first shot when it shatters. Thereafter it is replaced by something which is obviously not mirror glass and which punctures rather than shatters. 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.
Referenced in Who Killed 'Winter Kills'?
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne
& Lauren Bacall See more