Bent on unearthing the cynical traitor who sold information to the enemy and caused the death of a dear brother-in-arms, the battle-tested former Union cavalry officer, Colonel Cord McNally, teams up with a pair of ex-Confederates after the Civil War. Now, as honest friends, the three companions ride into Rio Lobo--a dusty town in the middle of the desert overcome by corruption--to bring to justice the one who sold McNally out; however, the town is rife with the betrayer's murderous cut-throats. Can McNally avenge his bosom buddy and clean up Rio Lobo?Written by
Commonly thought as a mistake, (that Ketchum's pants don't show any scorch marks from the fire), Ketchum is shown buckling his belt on a different color pair of pants just as they get ready to leave. See more »
[Shasta wakes up in Cordona's bed after fainting]
What am I doing here?
Well, you fainted after you shot Whitey, so we put you to bed.
Wait a minute! Where are my clothes? Which one of you took my clothes?
Well, we flipped a coin and I won!
Where are your pants.
You're sleeping on them.
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After an excellent start with the train ambush, the movie loses steam and never really picks up, an unhappy way for a great director like Hawks to bow out. But I did not get too bored and was happy enough to stick it out to the end, even though the writing is too flat and derivative with echos of half a dozen better movies. Rivero lacks the charisma that could have helped to save things but I do not think O'Neill is as bad as some reviewers claim – not expressive enough with her dialogue at this stage but I think you can see the spark that gave her a respectable career in movies. But, as usual, Wayne saves the day. Even in a disappointing movie like this, that enormous screen presence reminds you just what a great star he was.
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