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Red River -- Dunson is driving his cattle to Red River when his adopted son, Matthew, turns against him.


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Howard Hawks
Arthur Rosson (co-director)
Borden Chase (screenplay) and
Charles Schnee (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 September 1948 (USA) See more »
Greatest Spectacle Ever! See more »
Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (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 (uncredited)
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 (uncredited)
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
Harry Apperson .... drapery department head (uncredited)
John F. Austin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Oscar Brodin .... studio construction department head (uncredited)
Jack Colconda .... first prop man (uncredited)
Lester Hallett .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Howard Harbough .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Al Hersh .... second prop man (uncredited)
Winston Jones .... second prop man (uncredited)
V.L. McFadden .... construction superintendent (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... sound
Earl Crain Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Gannon .... cable man (uncredited)
Jack Gard .... boom operator (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)
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
Pete Bernard .... second man grip (uncredited)
Ray Binger .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Roy Black .... gaffer (uncredited)
George T. Clemens .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cleo Crabtree .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dave Donlon .... best boy (uncredited)
Bert Eason .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Carl Gibson .... grip department head (uncredited)
Otto Johnson .... first assistant grip (uncredited)
Henry Maak .... second company grip (uncredited)
Robert Rhea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Ryan .... third assistant grip (uncredited)
Herman Selgrath .... studio grip department head (uncredited)
Earl Stafford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Palmer 'Pete' Swenson .... best boy electric (uncredited)
John D. Thompson .... first company grip (uncredited)
Thomas Thompson .... grip (uncredited)
John D. Weiler .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Arrice .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Howard Child .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Wesley Jeffries .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Saul Jick .... tailor (uncredited)
Jack E. Miller .... wardrobe department head (uncredited)
Adele Parmenter .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Nevada Penn .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Fred Starns .... wardrobe (uncredited)
John Zacha .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Barbara Ford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Stewart S. Frye .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Olive Hofmann .... negative cutter (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 Hawks .... presenter
Howard Alston .... accountant (uncredited)
Bea Benjamin .... comptroller (uncredited)
Grant Butler .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Betty Church .... publicity secretary (uncredited)
Bob Clarke .... wrangler (uncredited)
Scoop Conlon .... publicity director (uncredited)
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Andrew A. Dexter .... payroll (uncredited)
'Doc' Elliott .... assistant wrangler (uncredited)
Betty Evans .... accountant (uncredited)
Don Hill .... first aid nurse (uncredited)
Ruth Horth .... payroll (uncredited)
Dorothy Huefner .... secretary (uncredited)
Stella Jacobs .... clerk (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones .... wrangler boss (uncredited)
Cliff Lewis .... head publicist (uncredited)
Irene Lewis .... nurse (uncredited)
Sol London .... studio manager (uncredited)
John E. McDermott .... comptroller (uncredited)
Helen McSweeney .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Gus Schroeder .... location manager (uncredited)
Robert Shaw .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Bobbie Sierks .... script clerk (uncredited)
Josephine Woods .... production secretary (uncredited)
Don Wyman .... paymaster (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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133 min | West Germany:92 min | USA:126 min (original theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | 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)

Did You Know?

This was Harry Carey's final film before his death on September 21, 1947 at the age of 69.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Tom Dunston is going to whip the sugar thief with a bull whip in his right hand but Matt Garth shoots the sugar thief first, the next scene Tom has his six shooter in his right hand not the whip.See more »
Thomas Dunson:Take 'em to Missouri, Matt!See more »
Settle DownSee more »


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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Great Movie, 10 June 2004

I love westerns and this is one of my favorites. But it isn't just a shoot-'em-up flick. This movie is a story about relationships particularly ones between fathers and sons. This is also about the struggle of growing up in a tough world. Montgomery Clift, John Wayne, and Walter Brennan are excellent actors and play their parts beautifully. Montgomery plays the son of cattle baron Thomas Dunson(Wayne).Dunson adopted Matthew Garth (Clift) after his parents died tragically. Together with Groot Nadine (with Brennan) build a cattle empire. When it's time to drive the cattle north for shipment they start the drive but new secrets are revealed as the drive continues and Garth takes the cattle to Kansas to a railroad station and Dunson pursues. The landscape shots in this film are also excellent.

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