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John Wayne in an original publicity still for Rio Lobo (1970) with Jack Elam.

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John Wayne as Col Cord McNally in Rio Lobo (1970).

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flyer for Rio Lobo (1970), an independent Howard Hawks production for Cinema Center Films which gave Hawks complete autonomy but not a big budget.

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John Wayne as an ex-Union officer in the post Civil War years in Rio Lobo (1970).

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John Wayne and Jack Elam in the Walter Brennan role as the comic sidekick in Rio Lobo (1970).

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John Wayne in Rio Lobo (1970).  While this isn’t one of his best, he still would go on to make a few more excellent films in the 70s.

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John Wayne and Jorge Rivera in an original publicity still for Rio Lobo (1970).

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John Wayne and O’Neill in Rio Lobo (1970).  Howard Hawks was not pleased with Jennifer’s diva behavior on set.  He was fine with having her hair cover most of her face.  It was also not a look that evoked the post-Civil War.

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John Wayne in an original publicity still for Rio Lobo (1970), his fifth of five films with Howard Hawks.  It is their weakest film together, but it’ still not bad.  It’s just that the other four are all so great.

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John Wayne and Howard Hawks wearing their Red River D belt buckles on the set of Rio Lobo (1970).

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Howard Hawks’ final film, Rio Lobo (1970) was his fifth film with John Wayne.  It was the weakest of their films together, but it is still a decent entertainment.  On its own, it’s not bad, but it suffers by comparison.

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Howard Hawks in discussion with Rio Lobo (1970) on the set of Rio Lobo (1970).

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Howard Hawks and John Wayne preparing for Rio Lobo (1970).  While it was Hawks’ final film, John Wayne still had some fine films left, such as The Cowboys, Big Jake, and his final film, The Shootist.

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Howard Hawks in the director’s chair for Rio Lobo (1970) with John Wayne.

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Howard Hawks directing John Wayne one last time in Rio Lobo (1970).