Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a two dollar a month Sheriff with a homemade badge in the quiet little town of Firecreek. When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin, who is suffering from a minor wound, agrees to spend the night. The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement. Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior, his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb faces a series of challenges from the gang's antisocial behavior. Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child, incurs an attempted sexual attack by one of gang. Arthur, a simpleton stable boy, comes to her aid and accidentally kills the attacker. Cobb locks up Arthur to keep him safe, but when the Sheriff leaves town to visit his wife, who is struggling in labor, there is ...
JAMES STEWART as the farmer sheriff with a badge carved out of tin.
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Did You Know?
This marks the first time Henry Fonda played a villain in a theatrical film. He played another western villain in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). See more
When Larkin has his bullet wound treated in the boarding house his shirt is covered in blood. Once he is bandaged, the same shirt is clean and good as new with no sign of a bullet hole. See more
Oh, Johnny. Why didn't we go on? Why did we settle for less than we wanted?
Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
and lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady See more