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.
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"
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Did You Know?
Unusually for that time, there were six actors listed above the title, in order, John Wayne
, Dean Martin
, Ricky Nelson
, Angie Dickinson
, Walter Brennan
, and Ward Bond
. It was not uncommon for just Wayne's name, or even Wayne, plus one or two co-stars, to be listed above the title, but six was almost unheard of, especially in a John Wayne feature. See more
The first line is Chance saying: "Joe, you're under arrest." However, he clearly begins talking before his voice is heard. He appears to say: "Come on Joe, you're under arrest", but those first two words have been silenced. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Mexican bugle call
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin See more