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While John Wayne was filming Rio Lobo (1970) he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for True Grit (1969).  When he returned to the Rio Lobo set after the ceremony, the entire cast was outfitted with eye patches, including his horse.

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Robert Mitchum’s son Christopher with John Wayne on the set of Rio Lobo (1970).  Robert had a supporting part in Hawks’ 1945 production Corvette K-225, and then starred opposite Wayne in Hawks’ previous film, El Dorado.

Christopher has 70 acting credits so far, from an uncredited bit in one of his father’s films in 1958, through two films now in pre and post production.  His only other credit of note is in another John Wayne western, Big Jake (1971).

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Rio Lobo (1970) was produced for Cinema Center Films, a subsidiary of the tv network CBS.  The company produced 29 films.  CCF’s first film was With Six You Get Eggroll in 1968, Doris Day’s final film, and their last film was the animated feature Snoopy Come Home in 1972.  Other notable films by CCF include The Boys in the Band, Scrooge, Little Big Man, Big Jake and Le Mans.

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John Wayne in a publicity photo for Rio Lobo (1970).

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John Wayne attends to Sherry Lansing in a publicity still for Rio Lobo (1970).  Sherry had only one other acting credit, but behind the scenes, she was the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio when she became president of 20th Century-Fox in 1980. In 1992 she became the chairman of Paramount Pictures, stepping down as CEO in 2004.

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John Wayne was recovering from a torn ligament in his shoulder suffered on the set of The Undefeated (1969) while he was making Rio Lobo (1970), giving him great difficulty getting on and off his horse.

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Howard Hawks once said of Rio Lobo (1970) “I didn’t think it was any good.”

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John Wayne as Col. Cord McNally in a publicity still for Rio Lobo (1970).  At 63. many critics wrote that he was too old to play a solider.  While Rio Lobo is not one of Howard Hawks’ better movies, it is still a middling entertainment.  As always, Hawks’ action scenes are terrific.

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Howard Hawks was upset with the casting of Rio Lobo (1970).  He did not get the financing for a strong second male lead, forcing him to use Mexican Jorge Rivera whom he found slow and unappealing on screen.  He was also annoyed with Jennifer O’Neill who he said was more interested in her hair and makeup than her performance.  Rio Lobo was her first big part and she arrived on set with an entourage and a bad case of divaitis.  Hawks’ response was to reduce her role wherever he could.

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Rio Lobo (1970) was Howard Hawks’ final film, and John Wayne’s final film as a member of the military.

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Rio Lobo is the 46th and final film directed (in part or in whole) by Howard Hawks.

Rio Lobo premiered Dec 16, 1970 in Chicago.

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original lobby card (1970)

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Sherry Lansing as Amelita in Rio Lobo (1970).  Sherry is the final Hawksian woman.  While she only made one other film, prior to Rio Lobo, she went on to become the first female head of a Hollywood studio – 2oth Century Fox in 1980 at the age of 35.

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original lobby card