Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo (1959) is ranked number 4 on Goldderby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films,

This ranking is just about right.

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Rio Bravo

My Rifle, My Pony, and Me by Dmitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster

The sun is sinking in the west,
the cattle go down to the stream,
the redwing settles in her nest
it’s time for a cowboy to dream

Purple light in the canyon,
that’s where I long to be,
with my three good companions,
my rifle, my pony, and me

Gonna hang my sombrero, 
on a limb on a tree,
coming home, sweetheart darling,
just my rifle, pony and me

When the wind, in the willow,
sings a sweet melody,
riding to Amarillo,
just my rifle, pony and me

No more cows, to be roping
no more strays, will I see,
round the bend, she’ll be waiting,
for my rifle, my pony and me, 
for my rifle, my pony and me. 

Howard Hawks cast two singers for dramatic roles in Rio Bravo (1959), but did not want to pass up the opportunity to feature them in song.

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John Wayne and Dean Martin in a scene from Rio Bravo (1959)

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Angie Dickinson and John Wayne behind the scenes in an original autographed publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

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“If I’m dating a girl and I show her Rio Bravo, she better fucking like it.” – Quentin Tarantino

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foreign poster for Rio Bravo (1959)

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foreign lobby card for Rio Bravo (1959)

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RÍO BRAVO – Rio Bravo – 1959 – Howard Hawks

foreign poster (1959)

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Howard Hawks cast two singers, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, for dramatic roles in Rio Bravo (1959).  He claimed the casting adding millions to the box office.

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Walter Brennan as Stumpy in an original publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

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Ward Bond and John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959).  Ward had a small part in Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (1938).

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Angie Dickinson and Ricky Nelson in an original publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

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Angie Dickinson, Estrelita Rodriguez, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez and Ricky Nelson pose behind the scenes of Rio Bravo (1959)

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Angie Dickinson and Ricky Nelson behind the scenes of Rio Bravo (1959)

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Ricky Nelson and John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959)