John O'Hanlan and Harley Sullivan (Stewart and Fonda), two creaky cowboys just this side of elderly, ride up from Texas, the latter the most boring conversationalist in western history. The opening dialogue sets the tone of the film as Sullivan runs off at the mouth about his dogs, his
family, and such. When he finally takes a breath, his travelling companion manages to blurt out, "We're in the Wyoming territory and you've been talkin' all the way since Texas.... Say another word the rest of the day and I'm gonna kill ya!" The movie never gets that funny again.
O'Hanlan's dead brother has left him the Cheyenne Social Club, but the minute our upright hero learns ...