Howard Hawks

Unspecified – 1970: (L-R) Howard Hawks, George Plimpton, John Wayne, behind the scenes of the making of ‘Rio Lobo’, for the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images special ‘Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo’. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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John Wayne and Howard Hawks on the set of Hawks’ last film Rio Lobo (1970). Hawks said of the film “I didn’t think it was any good.” It’s certainly the weakest of his films with John Wayne, but it is nevertheless a middling entertainment with numerous highlights.

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One of Howard Hawks’ complaints about Rio Lobo (1970) was Jennifer O’Neill’s diva behavior in her first starring role..

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not one of Howard Hawks’ memorable work teams in a scene from Rio Loo (1970)

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Bill Williams and Mike Henry are Sheriffs Pat Cronin and Tom Hendricks in Rio Lobo (1970)

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Jorge Rivero rinses off Jennifer O’Neill in a screencap from Rio Lobo (1970). Cary Grant did something similar to Rita Hayworth in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Jack Elam, Jennifer O’Neill and Jorge Rivera stand in line for a swig off John Wayne’s bottle in Rio Lobo (1970)

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John Wayne reads to Christopher Mitchum and Jack Elam in a scene from Rio Loo (1970)

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Howard Hawks’ final film, Rio Lobo (1970) premiered Dec 16, 1970 in Chicago.

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

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Jorge Rivero in a screencap from Rio Lobo (1970)

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Rio Lobo (1970). Howard Hawks had complaints about the production, but it came out reasonably well.

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John Wayne sustains a head injury in Rio Lobo (1970)

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Jennifer O’Neill as Shasta Delaney in Rio Lobo (1970)

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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.