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Dean Martin lands a punch on John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959)

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Dude and Stumpy in a publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

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John Wayne and Dean Martin in an original publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

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Dean Martin in Rio Bravo (1959)

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Dean Martin as Dude in a poster for Rio Bravo (1959)

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John Russell. Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson and Dean Martin watch John Wayne play chess with an unknown opponent during a break on the set of Rio Bravo (1959).

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Howard Hawks directing Dean Martin in Old Tucson for Rio Bravo (1959).  Dean hadn’t done any serious acting in all the films he made with Jerry Lewis.

 

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Howard Hawks in Old Tucson for Rio Bravo (1959) with John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.

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Howard Hawks with John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ward Bond and the crew of Rio Bravo (1959) in Old Tucson with what looks like photos of Ricky Nelson who turned 18 at the time.

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Howard Hawks autographed photo of some of the cast and crew of Rio Bravo (1959).

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Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson behind the scenes in Old Tucson in an autographed publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959).

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John Wayne and Dean Martin in a publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959).  The story is at least as much about Dean Martin’s disgraced deputy sheriff character, Dude, as it is about John Wayne’s sheriff.

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Dean Martin as Dude in a publicity photo for Rio Bravo (1959).  Dean was born in Steubenville, Ohio and had 67 acting credits in his career, from a 1946 short, through numerous comedies in the 50s with his partner Jerry Lewis, through a 1985 tv movie.  Like Angie Dickinson and Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo, this was the high point of his acting career.

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Rio Bravo (1959) was another blockbuster commercial success for Howard Hawks and John Wayne.

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Dean Martin as Deputy Sheriff Dude in Rio Bravo (1959).  His given name is never mentioned.