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. Written by
John Wayne The big guy with the battered hat... and Dean Martin the ragged woman-wrecked castoff called Dude... and Ricky Nelson The rockin' babyfaced gunfisted kid... And Time Was Running Out Through Bullet Holes At Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" JOHN WAYNE The big guy with the battered hat... and DEAN MARTIN the ragged woman-wrecked castoff called Dude... and RICKY NELSON the rockin' babyfaced gunfisted kid... AND TIME WAS RUNNING OUT THROUGH BULLET HOLES AT Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO ravo"
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Did You Know?
In an interview, Walter Brennan
stated that for years after this film was released, people who met him for the first time expected him to limp like Stumpy. He said he considered it a tribute to his acting since he had to constantly remember which leg to limp on. See more
Burdette sets the time for the exchange of Dude and Joe at a half-hour after sunrise; but when the three leave the jail, the shadows are nearly vertical. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Dean Martin
(uncredited) See more