Rio Bravo (1959)
Director: Howard Hawks
Screenplay: Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett based on a short story by B.H. McCampbell
Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Russell and Claude Akins.
The Pitch: “The Duke wants to make Rio Bravo.”
Tagline: You’ve seen nothing like ’em together… and in the heat and hate of Rio Bravo nothing can tear ’em apart!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
When Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne) refuses to let a rich rancher’s brother walk after committing a murder, Chance finds himself up against nearly 2 dozen hired guns. Coming to Chance’s aid is an old man, a drunk who used to be a gun fighter and a kid with a fast draw.
The basis of Rio Bravo was used to a comedic effect in Blazing Saddles.