Rio Bravo is one of the all time film classics of Hollywood westerns. The 1959 film directed by Howard Hawks has been listed on the National Film Registry for preservation, and “as culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress. And one of the best reasons is the gritty but soft portrayal of men facing certain death.
Of course, it also has a Hollywood ending.
We just found a clip from the movie featuring Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, as they team up for a wonderful rendition of of the cowboy song “My Rifle, My Pony, and Me.”
Martin’s velvet voice and Nelson’s lazy guitar, sometimes punctuated by costar Walter Brennan’s sad harmonica, perfectly capture the cowboy mythos.
You are going to love this video when you watch it, we guarantee it, pard’ner.