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
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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?
When Books arrives in Carson City, the newspaper he buys says "Monday Morning January 22, 1901" at the top. 22 January 1901 was actually a Tuesday. 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.
Referenced in Who Killed 'Winter Kills'?
Willow, Tit Willow
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne
& Lauren Bacall See more