Today for TCM's Summer Under the Stars we take a behind-the-scenes look at Howard Hawks Rio Bravo (1959) starring John Wayne (today's star), Dean Martin, Ricky Neslon, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, and Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez.
Wayne plays Sheriff John T. Chance with Dean Martin as his drunk deputy, Duke, also known as Borachon. After arresting the brother of an important and dangerous man for murdering Pat Wheeler (Bond), the two along with Stumpy (Brennan) and youngster Colorado (Nelson) hole up in the jail until the marshall comes through. Feathers (Dickinson) helps out by keeping an eye on things outside - that and throwing a flower pot through the window.
Also, when you have two big singers like Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, you just have to include a singing number in the picture.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos I found on Pinterest. Why Dickinson was running around on set like that is beyond me - she doesn't wear that outfit in the film.
Dean Martin autographing an album for Ricky Nelson
Brennan, Patrick Wayne, and the Duke
Ricky Nelson with Tinker Toy - he liked the horse so much he kept him after filming.
You may also like my other posts on John Wayne:
Happy Birthday Duke!
John Wayne Westerns Flowchart
70th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima
Facebook Q&A with Patrick Wayne
Maureen O'Hara Recipient of Honorary Oscar
This post is part of the month-long 2015 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Kristen at Journeys in Classic Film. Be sure and check back all month to see all the great posts!
All images found via Pinterest and TCM's FB page