Screenplay by Jules Furthman and Leigh BrackettDirected by Howard Hawks
FADE IN 1. INT. RIO BRAVO SALOON NIGHT(This and following scenes are played without dialogue, with only musical accompaniment andsound effects. Title and credits will be shown OVER the action.)SHOT of JOE BURDETTE drinking at the bar. Then a SHOT of the room, a border-town saloon,with men at the bar and tables. Two Mexicans, RATON and JOSE, play their instruments in thecorner. DUDE comes in through the back door. He is in bad shape, needing a drink. He startsacross the room. A man bumps into him, pushes him aside. Dude gets to the bar. He watches Joetaking a drink. Dude’s mouth waters. Joe looks at him, then pours himself another drink and drinksit while Dude watches. Smiling, Joe takes out a coin and tosses it into a spittoon. He watches tosee what Dude will do. Dude goes to the spittoon.2. INT. RIO BRAVO SALOON NIGHTSHOT of Dude as he reaches for the spittoon. A booted foot comes into scene and kicks thespittoon away. Dude looks up.3. INT. RIO BRAVO SALOON NIGHTSHOT from Dude’s p. o. v. of JOHN T. CHANCE, the sheriff. He wears a sheriff’s star on his vestand carries a rifle, but no six-guns.4. INT. RIO BRAVO SALOON NIGHTChance turns away from Dude toward Joe. But Dude, in a burst of anger at Chance’s interference,grabs a chair and swings it. It hits Chance alongside the head and he falls, knocked out. Dude looksdown at him. He realizes what he has done and drops the chair. He goes for Joe. But two men grabhim and hold his arms. Joe, grinning, hits him two or three times in the stomach. The men let goof Dude and he sags against the bar. Joe finishes his drink, walks to the door and goes out.5. EXT. STREET NIGHTJoe starts to walk down the street from the Rio Bravo Saloon. He is weaving slightly, looking formore trouble. We follow him as he walks. A man sees him coming and hastily gets out of his way.As Joe passes a cantina a man comes out and bumps into him. Joe snarls and knocks him back through the swinging doors. He walks on. At a corner he sees a Mexican woman walking acrossthe street. She has a shawl over her head, hiding her face. He follows her and grabs her, laughing,and pulls the shawl off. He sees that she is not young and he pushes her contemptuously away. Hewalks on down the street.6. EXT. STREET REVERSE ANGLE NIGHTIn f. g. a middle-aged man who carries no guns is sitting on the edge of the raised sidewalk,smoking. A dog lies near him on the sidewalk, sleeping. In b. g. Joe is coming toward them. Hekeeps coming, and stumbles on the sleeping dog.7. EXT. STREET NIGHTJoe kicks the dog as it springs up. The dog snarls. Joe laughs and pulls his gun. The middle-agedman has gotten up. He moves toward Joe to protect his dog, and Joe stops laughing. He shoots, andthe man falls. Joe stands over the body, looking around. Then he holsters his gun and walks away.He crosses the street and walks back up the other side, while behind him people look out of doorways. Joe goes into a cantina, from which we hear a guitar and a Spanish song.