Sheriff John T. Chance has his hands full after arresting Joe Burdette for murder. He knows that Burdette's brother Nathan, a powerful rancher, will go to any lengths to get him out of jail. Chance's good friend Pat Wheeler offers to help but within 20 minutes of making the offer is gunned down in the street, shot in the back. That leaves his elderly deputy Stumpy, the town drunk Dude - once a deputy and a pretty good shot when he was sober - and a young hand, Colorado, who used to work for Wheeler. Nathan Burdette meanwhile has a couple of dozen men at his disposal. Chance does his best to prepare all the while romancing a pretty gambler who goes by the name of Feathers.
Wheeler...a chunk of solid granite now crumbling with age...
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Did You Know?
Very early in the film the cowboy killed by Joe Burdette that starts the trouble is played by Bing Russell
, [linknm0000621]'s father, in an uncredited role. See more
Colorado mentions that Dude and Chance are the only witnesses to the murder. Chance effectively agrees. When the murder happens, Chance had just been knocked out by Dude and was unconscious on the floor. So he was no witness. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in The Sopranos: Pie-o-My
My Rifle, My Pony, and Me
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Dean Martin
and Ricky Nelson
(uncredited) See more