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.
The fought back to back...No quarter given...No quarter asked...No way in...No way out...of Rio Bravo
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Did You Know?
On May 8, 1958, just one week into shooting, Ricky Nelson
celebrated his 18th birthday. As a gift, John Wayne
and Dean Martin
gave him a 300-pound sack of steer manure, which they then threw Nelson into, as a rite of passage. 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 Valimo
Mexican bugle call
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin See more