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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 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(102 articles)
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"Let's Take 'Em to Missouri." 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)
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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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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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Trivia:
Cary Grant (who had worked with Howard Hawks on Bringing Up Baby (1938) and Only Angels Have Wings (1939)) turned down the role of gunslinger Cherry Valance, a part that was subsequently minimized in the final film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the film when Dunson finally confronts Matt and after knocking Matt down twice, Matt punches back knocking Dunson's hat off. The very next punch from Matt knocks Dunson's hat off again.See more »
Quotes:
Nadine Groot:[Matt has his back to Groot; Dunson is walking away to his right] Draw!
[Matt turns completely around; he and Dunson both draw their guns]
Nadine Groot:[to Dunson, cackling] He beat ya'! You knew'd it was comin' and he beat ya'!
Thomas Dunson:[nodding and smiling] He beat me, alright.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Settle DownSee more »

FAQ

Did McMurtry use this as the basis for Lonesome Dove?
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61 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
"Let's Take 'Em to Missouri.", 18 May 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In the pantheon of great performances by John Wayne, Red River ranks as one of the great ones, probably in the top five of his films. It's what the publicity folks mean when they talk about epic westerns.

John Wayne is a driven man, he's got to get that gigantic herd of cattle to market in Missouri or face ruin. He's not going to be selling them in Texas at carpetbagger prices so he's putting together the biggest, longest cattle drive on record to get to the railroad terminus in Missouri. He does it with the able assistance of his stepson Montgomery Clift newly returned from the Civil War.

A prologue to the main film shows what happened to Wayne years before. He left a wagon train going to California with good friend Walter Brennan and later that train is massacred with Wayne's fiancé Coleen Gray along with it. On the way to Texas, Wayne and Brennan pick up Mickey Kuhn who is playing a younger version of Monty Clift. They settle in Texas and Wayne puts together the biggest cattle ranch in the state which is where the main film starts.

Wayne and Clift play beautifully off against each other. Father and surrogate son, first working together and then having a big difference of opinion on the cattle drive. Clift started a film career in Red River playing sensitive people who you can only trod on just so long before they take action. You can see the inner workings of such later Clift roles as Robert E. Lee Prewitt and Noah Ackerman. Monty made a grand screen debut. And it was his debut, Red River was filmed first, but held up in release and Clift's The Search was released first to the public.

John Wayne had one of the best faces for movie closeups ever. In his best performances, top directors like John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Bill Wellman realized this. He has a few in this film and they tell the audience more about what's going on inside this man than ten pages of dialog.

With Joanne Dru, Howard Hawks tries to repeat the magic he had with Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not. Joanne is no Bacall, but she's good and had a pretty good career on her own. Her scenes with both Wayne and Clift have some of the same bite that Bacall's do with Bogey.

Dimitri Tiomkin's score deserves star billing right up there with the human cast. It is one of the great movie scores of all time period. let alone in the western genre. For me I've always noticed the similarity with the cattle drive beginning with the great use of Tiomkin's music and what Cecil B. DeMille did in the sound version of Ten Commandments as Charlton Heston tells the Hebrew children, he's takin' 'em to Canaan with Elmer Bernstein's score in the background as DeMille's cast of thousands moves out. I've often wondered whether DeMille copied Hawks, or Hawks was influenced by DeMille's silent Ten Commandments.

Red River is a must, for John Wayne fans, for Monty Clift fans, for fans of both and of great movie music like I am.

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