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.
Old Stumpy...no teeth...one leg...but all the rest was guts...
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Did You Know?
This was John Wayne's second of three "Rio" movie. The others were Rio Grande (1950) and Rio Lobo (1970). See more
The windows in the buildings are made of pane glass, not wave glass which was cheaper and was what would be used in towns in the West at the time. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Remade as Assault on Precinct 13
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