Howard Hawks’s final outing Rio Lobo doesn’t stand comparison to his best, but it boasts an easygoing performance by John Wayne. After the Civil War, former Union officer Wayne hooks up with two ex-Confederates to track a stolen shipment of gold. Their search leads to a town under the thumb of a rotten lawman. Wayne and company demonstrate how to liberate the town. Look for studio executive Lansing in her screen-ingenue days.
John Wayne (Colonel Cord McNally), Jorge Rivero (Captain Pierre Cordona (Frenchy)), Jennifer O’Neill (Shasta Delaney), Jack Elam (Phillips), Christopher Mitchum (Seargent Tuscarora Phillips), Victor French (Ketcham), Susana Dosamantes (Maria Carmen), Sherry Lansing (Amelita), David Huddleston (Dr. Ivor Jones), Jim Davis (Rio Lobo Deputy), Robert Donner (Deputy Whitey Carter), George Plimpton (Fourth Gunman), Edward Faulkner (Lt. Harris), Peter Jason (Lt. Ned Forsythe), Chuck Courtney (Chuck), Robert Rothwell (Third Gunman), Bill Williams (Blackthorne Sheriff Pat Cronin), Mike Henry (Rio Lobo Sheriff ‘Blue Tom’ Hendricks), Jim Prejean (Union Soldier), Hank Worden (Hank, the hotel desk clerk),
Producer and Director: Howard Hawks
Director of Photography: William H. Clothier
Editing: John Woodcock
Script: Leigh Brackett, Burton Wohl
USA / National General / 114 minutes / 1970