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Directors:
Howard Hawks
Arthur Rosson (co-director)
Writers:
Borden Chase (screenplay) and
Charles Schnee (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 September 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Greatest Spectacle Ever! See more »
Plot:
Dunson is driving his cattle to Red River when his adopted son, Matthew, turns against him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Western See more (151 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Thomas Dunson

Montgomery Clift ... Matt Garth

Joanne Dru ... Tess Millay

Walter Brennan ... Nadine Groot

Coleen Gray ... Fen (as Colleen Gray)

Harry Carey ... Mr. Melville (as Harry Carey Sr.)

John Ireland ... Cherry Valance

Noah Beery Jr. ... Buster McGee

Harry Carey Jr. ... Dan Latimer
Chief Yowlachie ... Quo (as Chief Yowlatchie)

Paul Fix ... Teeler Yacey

Hank Worden ... Simms Reeves
Mickey Kuhn ... Matt - as a Boy
Ray Hyke ... Walt Jergens
Hal Taliaferro ... Old Leather (as Hal Talliaferro)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
Jack Montgomery ... Drover at Meeting (uncredited)
Ivan Parry ... Bunk Kenneally (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Gambler (uncredited)
William Self ... Sutter - Wounded Wrangler (uncredited)
Carl Sepulveda ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Chief Sky Eagle ... Indian Chief (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Naylor (uncredited)
Tom Tyler ... Quitter (uncredited)

Dan White ... Laredo (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Pete (uncredited)

Shelley Winters ... Dance Hall Girl in Wagon Train (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
Arthur Rosson (co-director)
 
Writing credits
Borden Chase (screenplay) and
Charles Schnee (screenplay)

Borden Chase (from "The Saturday Evening Post" story)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
Charles K. Feldman .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Christian Nyby (film editor)
Francis Lyon (uncredited)
Jack Murray (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Dave Gunreth 
 
Art Direction by
John Datu  (as John Datu Arensma)
 
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup
George Bau .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Don L. Cash .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Mary Freeman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dotha Hippe .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Anna Malin .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Margaret Martin .... head hairdresser (uncredited)
Maudlee McDougall .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... production manager (as Norman Cook)
M.W. Kennedy .... assistant production manager
Walter Mayo .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Joseph C. Cavalier .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Siteman .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Joe Wonder .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John F. Austin .... set dresser
Lester Hallett .... assistant property master
Howard Harbough .... standby painter
Harry Apperson .... drapery department head (uncredited)
Oscar Brodin .... studio construction department head (uncredited)
Jack Colconda .... 1st prop man (uncredited)
Al Hersh .... 2nd prop man (uncredited)
Winston Jones .... 2nd prop man (uncredited)
V.L. McFadden .... construction superintendent (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... sound mixer
Jack Gard .... boom operator
Earl Crain Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Gannon .... cable man (uncredited)
Slim Houghton .... cable man (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... studio sound department head (uncredited)
Cecil Shephard .... cable man (uncredited)
Frank Webster .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Kenneth C. Wesson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Donald Steward .... special effects
Allen Q. Thompson .... special photographic effects (as Allan Thompson)
Jack Caffee .... department head (uncredited)
Perzy High .... 3rd assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Riley R. Waters .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Donlon .... best boy
Otto Johnson .... 1st assistant grip
Earl Stafford .... assistant camera
Palmer 'Pete' Swenson .... best boy electric
Pete Bernard .... 2nd man grip (uncredited)
Ray Binger .... second unit director of photography (uncredited)
Roy Black .... gaffer (uncredited)
George T. Clemens .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cleo Crabtree .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bert Eason .... assistant camera (second unit) (uncredited)
Carl Gibson .... grip department head (uncredited)
Henry Maak .... 2nd company grip (uncredited)
Robert Rhea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Ryan .... 3rd assistant grip (uncredited)
Herman Selgrath .... studio grip department head (uncredited)
John D. Thompson .... 1st company grip (uncredited)
Thomas Thompson .... grip (uncredited)
John D. Weiler .... camera operator (second unit) (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Arrice .... wardrobe assistant
Howard Child .... wardrobe assistant
Saul Jick .... tailor
Wesley Jeffries .... men's wardrobe (uncredited)
Jack E. Miller .... wardrobe department head (uncredited)
Adele Parmenter .... women's wardrobe (uncredited)
Nevada Penn .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Fred Starns .... wardrobe (uncredited)
John Zacha .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Olive Hofmann .... negative cutter
Barbara Ford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Stewart S. Frye .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bernard Loftus .... feature editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music director
Vinton Vernon .... music recorder
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Chudnow .... music department head (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Alston .... accountant
Bea Benjamin .... comptroller
Grant Butler .... publicity assistant
Betty Church .... publicity secretary
Bob Clarke .... wrangler
Scoop Conlon .... publicity director
Andrew A. Dexter .... payroll
'Doc' Elliott .... assistant wrangler
Betty Evans .... accountant
Howard Hawks .... presenter
Don Hill .... first aid nurse
Ruth Horth .... payroll
Dorothy Huefner .... secretary
Stella Jacobs .... clerk
Cliff Lewis .... head publicist
Irene Lewis .... nurse
Sol London .... studio manager
John E. McDermott .... comptroller
Robert Shaw .... publicity assistant
Josephine Woods .... production secretary
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones .... wrangler boss (uncredited)
Helen McSweeney .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Gus Schroeder .... location manager (uncredited)
Bobbie Sierks .... script clerk (uncredited)
Don Wyman .... paymaster (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
133 min | West Germany:92 min | USA:126 min (original theatrical version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12398) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Howard Hawks originally wanted Gregg Toland as his director of photography. When Toland proved unavailable, he had to go with Russell Harlan instead.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Film set in 1865, but using Model 1892 Winchesters to shoot Indians when they attack the wagon train.See more »
Quotes:
Sims Reeves:Well, I don't like to see things goin' good or bad. I like 'em in between.See more »
Soundtrack:
Settle DownSee more »

FAQ

Did McMurtry use this as the basis for Lonesome Dove?
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34 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Classic Western, 30 October 2000
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Red River(1948) is a film that gets better with age. This was the first of five Howard Hawks/John Wayne features. Red River(1948) was Howard Hawks third straight gem right after To Have & Have Not(1944) and The Big Sleep(1946). John Wayne had come a long way from his low budget Lone Star film days.

The film is considered a Western take on The Mutiny on the Bounty. The relationship between Tom Dunson and Matt Garth is deeply complex. Although they're prepared to kill each other, deep down they still respect for one another. This relationship is based on control, idealism, respect, and trust.

It takes a fascinating look at the cattle drive during the Wild West. The film shows the responsbility that went with driving cattle across country and the different road blocks that many riders were faced with. Red River(1948) shows that the cattle drives were a cowboy's main source of work. City Slickers(1991) would do a wonderful homage to this Howard Hawks classic.

Tom Dunson, Ringo Kid, and Ethan Edwards to name a few are some of the best characters played by the duke. He exhibits here that he was a great actor as well as a great Hollywood star. Its a shame that his best performances were overlooked by by many people during his lifetime(he's definitely a superior actor compared to the likes of Stallone, Arnold, and Willis combined). It was actually filmed during 1946 but was shelved for two year due to a legal battle with Howard Hughes.

Montgomery Clift stands out on his own as Matt Garth in acting next to John Wayne. Walter Brennan is excellent in the role of Tom Dunson's sidekick. Red River(1948) was one of the best film to come out of 1948. Red River(1948) contains a trademark flirtious man-woman relationship between Matt Garth and Tess that also evident in some of the director's other works...I.E., His Girl Friday(Walter & Hildy), Ball of Fire(Potts & O'Shea), To Have & Have Not(Harry & Slim), The Big Sleep(Phillip Marlowe & Vivian Sternwood), and Rio Bravo(John T. Chance & Feathers).

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