Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Rifle, My Pony and Me - Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson

The song "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" was originally used as the theme for Red River (1948), another John Wayne western. The original title was "Settle Down".

On May 8th, just one week into shooting ‘Rio Bravo’, Ricky Nelson celebrated his 18th birthday. As a gift, John Wayne and Dean Martin gave him a 300 lb. sack of steer manure, which they then threw Nelson into as a rite of passage.

Dean Martin's agent approached Howard Hawks to consider his client for the role of the drunken deputy Dude. Hawks agreed to meet with Martin at 9:30 the next morning. When Hawks learned that Martin had done a show in Las Vegas until midnight, and hired a plane to fly him to the meeting, Hawks was so impressed that he simply sent Martin to get a costume and told him he had the part.

One of Dean Martins favorite past times was to watch, OLD WESTERNS.


  1. Hey pallie, how cool of you to keep those Dino-clips comin' in. ilovedinomartin loves to honor those who honor our Dino....wonderin' if you woulda ever be open to doin' an interview sharin' how you have come to know, love, and honor our beloved Dino.....

  2. Dino Martin Peters. I would be honored. Thank you for asking.:)

  3. Hey pallie, well Miss Dawn, the honor woulda all be ours at is likes always so so cool to learn 'nother's they got wooed by our Dino and welcomed into his world....

    if you would kindly send a Dino-gram to me at we can commence the Dino-interview soon....keeps lovin' our Dino!

  4. I love this song Dawn. Great timing in posting it now. I just posted a review of one of Dean's movies from the 60's when he played super spy Matt Helm.

  5. With Father's Day coming up we have posted our best of Dean Martin album, which is available to purchase on iTunes here:

  6. Monty, Awesome!! This is turning into Dean Martin, week here at the.. Chick Flicks!!!