Rio Bravo (1959)
John Wayne, silver dollars, and a fifty-dollar gold piece
The 1959 Warner Brothers film "Rio Bravo" is a Western film set in Texas in the 1880's.
Several coins of the period appear in the film including silver dollars and the unusual fifty dollar gold piece.
which forms the border with Mexico.
The Rio Bravo is also known as the Rio Grande, the title of an earlier John Wayne film.
There is mining in the area as evidenced by assayers' offices and and supply stores.
Chance has to hold Joe for a week until a US Marshall arrives.
Joe's rancher brother Nathan assembles a group of gunmen to free Joe from the jail.
In the town is Feathers, a young woman with whom Chance forms a relationship.
Dude, a former deputy and currently the town drunk, wanders into a bar.
Joe Burdette, the brother of a wealthy rancher, sarcastically offers Dude a dollar.
2. Joe offers a dollar
The coin is no doubt a prop coin.
US silver dollar and Mexican pesos (eight reales) coins circulated in Texas then.
3. Dude considers the location
Sheriff John Chance arrives.
4. Sheriff Chance arrives
Joe pulls a gun, shoots another man who dies, and expects to get away with it.
Sheriff Chance arrests him and takes him to the town jail.
Chance has to keep Joe for a week until a US Marshal arrives to hold Joe for a trial.
Stumpy remains at the jail as a guard and housekeeper.
5. Joe offers another dollar
Dude refuses the dollar.
cheating at cards. He first orders her to leave but then relents.
6. Feathers dealing
The framed print on the wall is "Charge of Arab Cavalry" by German artist Adolf Schreyer.
It was published by Harper's Magazine around 1882.
7. Feathers and Colorado with money on the table
Feathers is joined by Colorado, a young man who arrived with a shipment of dynamite.
The bills appear to be the common copies of Mexican Revolutionary (1910-1925) two heads notes.
8. Colorado uncovers crooked player
Feathers, now cleared of cheating, forms a relationship with the sheriff.
9. Gunman offers a dollar
Dude refuses, the sheriff arrives, and Dude locates and kills the wanted gunman.
10. Dude finds a large gold coin
It is a fifty-dollar gold piece, an unusual gold coin not made by United States mints.
Some were privately made in San Francisco in the 1850's before the city's US mint was opened.
11. Sheriff John, Stumpy, and Dude enjoy a smoke
Stumpy goes to look outside.
12. Stumpy next to wanted poster
The wanted poster is for a "Nixon Carr, alias Humble Nick" who is wanted for armed robbery.
The name appears to be totally fictional.
13. Sheriff Chance and legal notice
The notice reads: "NOTICE! The Carrying of FIREARMS upon the streets is PROHIBITED".
The undertaker shows the sheriff what he has found in an outlaw's pocket.
14. Undertaker shows discovery
The undertaker shows the sheriff two fifty-dollar gold coins taken from an outlaw's pocket.
Sheriff Chance remarks that "The price has gone up".
The exchange is to take place at a warehouse.
15. Hostage exchange
The exchange starts but then a gunfight erupts between the lawmen and the gunmen.
After several explosions, the gunmen surrender, allowing Chance to head back to town.
And to Feathers.
17. Sheriff Chance and Feathers
John Wayne as Sheriff John T. Chance
Dean Martin as Dude
Ricky Nelson as Colorado Ryan
Angie Dickinson as Feathers
Walter Brennan as Stumpy
Claude Akins as Joe Burdette
Writers: Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett, B. H. McCampbell