John Books an aging gunfighter goes to see a doctor he knows for a second opinion after another doctor told him he has a cancer which is terminal. The doctor confirms what the other said. He says Books has a month maybe two left. He takes a room in the boarding house and the son of the woman who runs it recognizes him and tells his mother who he is. She doesn't like his kind but when he tells her of his condition, she empathizes. Her son wants him to teach him how to use a gun. Books tries to tell him that killing is not something he wants to live with. Books, not wanting to go through the agony of dying from cancer, tries to find a quicker way to go.
He's got to face a gunfight once more to live up to his legend once more - TO WIN JUST ONE MORE TIME.
Did You Know?
Originally John Wayne
did not want to grow a beard in order to play J.B. Books. However, he soon agreed it looked right for the character. See more
When Bond and Books first meet, Books tells Bond that his name is William Hickock, former marshal of Abilene. Bond tells Gillom what Books said, and Gillom tells her that Wild Bill Hickock died before he (Gillom) was born. Wild Bill Hickock's name was James Butler Hickock, not William Hickock. See more
[Gillom is dusting off a carriage as Books and Mrs. Rogers prepare for a drive to Lake Tahoe
Moses says he don't rent out this buggy too often.
'Doesn't'... except for funerals.
Referenced in Who Is Cletis Tout?
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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