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Ricky Nelson, John Wayne and Dean Martin in a screencap from Rio Bravo (1959)

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Ricky Nelson and John Wayne in a scene from Rio Bravo (1959)

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original publicity still (1959)

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Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo (1959).  Howard Hawks said casting the teenage idol from tv added millions to the film’s box office, helping to make it one of the top 10 blockbusters of the year.

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

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

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John Wayne and Ricky Nelson behind the scenes of Rio Bravo (1959).

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

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Ricky Nelson as Colorado in Rio Bravo (1959).  Howard Hawks boasted that casting teen idol Ricky Nelson added millions to the box office.

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Ricky Nelson as Colorado in Rio Bravo (1959).  Howard Hawks said casting the teen idol added millions to the box office.

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Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson were primarily known for their singing and light comedy acting before Rio Bravo (1959):  Dean for his low brow comedies with Jerry Lewis, and Ricky for playing himself on TV’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  Both had number one pop hits:  Dean had Memories Are Made of This (1954) and Ricky had Poor Little Fool (1958).