John Wayne as Cogburn
Because of his drunkenness and questionable tactics with firearms, aging U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn has been stripped of his badge. But he's given a chance to redeem himself after a village in Indian Territory is overrun by a gang of violent, ruthless criminals. They have killed an elderly preacher, Rev. George Goodnight. His spinster daughter, Eula Goodnight, wants to track the criminals down, and she makes Rooster an unwilling partner in her endeavor. But Rooster must use care, because the criminals, led by Hawk and Breed have stolen a shipment of nitroglycerine.