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Red River

1948  133 MN




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Howard Hawks
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Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.

 Release Date

August 26, 1948

 Runtime

2h13m (133 min)

 Budget

$ 3,000,000

 Revenue

$ 9,012,000


 Top Billed Cast

 John Wayne
 Thomas Dunson
 Montgomery Clift
 Matthew Garth
 Joanne Dru
 Tess Millay
 Walter Brennan
 'Groot' Nadine
 Coleen Gray
 Fen
 Harry Carey
 Mr. Melville


 Written by

Borden Chase Screenplay
Borden Chase Story

 Tagline

Big as the Men Who Faced This Challenge! Bold as the Women Who Loved Them!

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 Cast

John Wayne
  Thomas Dunson
Montgomery Clift
  Matthew Garth
Joanne Dru
  Tess Millay
Walter Brennan
  'Groot' Nadine
Coleen Gray
  Fen
Harry Carey
  Mr. Melville
John Ireland
  Cherry Valance
Noah Beery Jr.
  Buster McGee
Harry Carey, Jr.
  Dan Latimer
Chief Yowlachie
  Quo
Paul Fix
  Teeler Yacey
Hank Worden
  Simms Reeves
Mickey Kuhn
  Matt, as a boy
Ray Hyke
  Walt Jergens
Hal Taliaferro
  Old Leather
Shelley Winters
  Dance Hall Girl in Wagon Train (uncredited)
Lane Chandler
  Colonel (uncredited)
Davison Clark
  Mr. Meeker (uncredited)
Harry Cording
  Gambler (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth
  Dunston Rider (uncredited)
Paul Fierro
  Fernandez (uncredited)
George Lloyd
  Rider with Melville (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden
  Colonel's Trail Boss (uncredited)
Frank Meredith
  Train Engineer (uncredited)
John Merton
  Settler (uncredited) (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery
  Drover at Meeting (uncredited)
Lee Phelps
  Gambler (uncredited)
John Rice
  Drover at Meeting (uncredited)
William Self
  Sutter (uncredited)
Carl Sepulveda
  Cowhand (uncredited)
Ray Spiker
  Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
Glenn Strange
  Naylor (uncredited)
Tom Tyler
  Quitter (uncredited)
Dan White
  Laredo (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson
  Pete (uncredited)

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Dimitri Tiomkin
  Original Music Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin
  Music Director
Russell Harlan
  Director of Photography
Howard Hawks
  Director
Howard Hawks
  Producer
Howard Hawks
  Presenter
Richard Farnsworth
  Stunt Double
Norman A. Cook
  Production Manager
Charles K. Feldman
  Executive Producer
Richard DeWeese
  Sound
Christian Nyby
  Editor
Francis D. Lyon
  Editor
Arthur Rosson
  Co-Director
Arthur Rosson
  Second Unit Director
Borden Chase
  Screenplay
Borden Chase
  Story
Jack Murray
  Editor
George Bau
  Assistant Makeup Artist
Lee Greenway
  Makeup Artist
Walter Mayo
  Production Manager
Frank Webster
  Sound Mixer
Don L. Cash
  Makeup Department Head
Wesley Jeffries
  Wardrobe Master
Lucien Cailliet
  Orchestrator
Sid Davis
  Stand In
Allen Q. Thompson
  Special Effects
Howard Alston
  Accountant
George T. Clemens
  Camera Operator
Larry Gannon
  Cableman
Joe Wonder
  Assistant Director
Ray Binger
  Additional Director of Photography
William McGarry
  Assistant Director
Adele Parmenter
  Wardrobe Master
Paul Marquardt
  Orchestrator
Web Overlander
  Makeup Artist
Arthur Siteman
  Second Unit Director
Dotha Hippe
  Hairstylist
Donald Steward
  Special Effects
John Datu
  Art Direction
Anna Malin
  Key Hair Stylist
Joseph C. Cavalier
  Second Assistant Director
Earl Crain Jr.
  Boom Operator
Frank La Rue
  Makeup Artist
Stewart S. Frye
  Assistant Editor
Maudlee McDougall
  Assistant Hairstylist
Margaret Martin
  Hair Department Head
Margaret Martin
  Hairdresser
Al Hersh
  Props
Cleo Crabtree
  Gaffer


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John Chard

Bury those quitters!

Tom Dunson is a self made cattle baron, he will do what ever it takes to protect the life he has made for himself. The constant fall in the value of livestock means that Tom, and his adopted son Matthew, must drive the gathered herd through the perilous Chisholm Trail, and then hope to get good value for the beef. With their assembled group of hands they head off North, but many problems will come their way, not least, a fallout due to Dunson's tyrannical ways, meaning there could well be mutiny on the range.

Without a shadow of doubt, Red River is one of the greatest Westerns ever made, boasting incredible performances from the cast, directed with sumptuous skill by Howard Hawks and photographed as good as any film in the genre. Based on the novel The Chisholm Trail written by Borden Chase (also co writing duties for the film), Red River is a sweeping spectacle that doesn't have a frame that's wasted. Hawks (this his first Western) frames his wonderfully vivid characters in lush expansive landscapes, fleshing them out amongst the constant stream of drama and action. Though Chase would be annoyed at the changes Hawks made to the story, he surely would have marvelled at the finished product, with Harlan's photography in and around the Arizona's locales capturing a cowboys terrain expertly, while Dimitri Tiomkin's score stirs the blood and pumps the viewer with Cowboy adrenaline.

If anyone doubts John Wayne as an actor of note then they need look no further than his performance here as Dunson. Tough and durable in essence the character is for sure, but Wayne manages to fuse those traits with a believable earthy determination that layers the character perfectly. With Wayne all the way, matching him stride for stride is Montgomery Clift as Matthew Garth, sensitive without being overly so, it's the perfect foil to Wayne's machismo barnstorming. Walter Brennan and John Ireland also shine bright in support, while a special mention has to go to a wonderful turn from Joanne Dru as Tess Millay, for Howard Hawks' CV shows a ream of strong female characters, and here Dru firmly puts herself in amongst the best of them - check out her first appearance alongside Clift, it's precious.

Red River made a fortune upon its release, it was revered by the critics back then, and it's still being revered today. Rightly so, because it is quite simply magic cinema, a case where everything comes together perfectly, it's in short, a film that even none Western fans should be able to marvel at as entertainment. Or? at the very least give credit to the Tech accomplishments on offer. 10/10



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