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?
Contrary to popular belief, John Wayne
did not have cancer when he made this film. His entire left lung and several ribs had been removed in surgery on 17 September 1964, and in 1969 he was declared cancer-free. It was not until 12 January 1979, almost three years after this movie had been filmed, that the disease was found to have returned. According to a 2014 biography "John Wayne: the Life and Legend" by Scott Eyman
, Wayne had been found to have stomach cancer in 1975 but it had gone into remission before filming began on this movie. See more
When Gilliam picks up Books gun after the bartender shot him, there is red on the end of the barrel, apparently Books blood. When Gilliam shots the bartender, the red is still visible on the end of the barrel, but when he throws the gun away, there is no red on the end of the barrel. See more
John Bernard Books
[addressing the barman after entering the bar where his last gunfight will take place
Mister, this is my birthday. Gimme the best in the house.
Willow, Tit Willow
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne
& Lauren Bacall See more