Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson, John Wayne and Dean Martin pose for Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson as Colorado in a publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in an autographed publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

John Wayne, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson and Estelita Rodriguez in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Clause Akins, John Wayne and Ricky Nelson cross the street in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson in a snapshot on the set of Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

John Wayne and Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson and John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

John Wayne and Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson, John Wayne and Walter Brennan in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Ricky Nelson, John Wayne, Claude Akins and Walter Brennan in Rio Bravo (1959)

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.

Rio Bravo

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.

Rio Bravo

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