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.
Burdette...he was the knife poised at the throat of Rio Bravo...
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Did You Know?
At about 24 minutes into the film, Feathers is seated at the saloon table dealing cards. The framed print on the wall behind her is "Charge of Arab Cavalry" by Adolf Schreyer, a German painter who lived from 1828 to 1899. See more
Feathers (Angie Dickinson) has her hair set with what is obviously hair spray. Hair spray was not invented, nor in wide use, until after WWII, 60 years after the setting of the film. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in My Own Private Idaho
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Dean Martin
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