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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 »
NewsDesk:
(109 articles)
User Reviews:
A much neglected 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 (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)
 
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
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)
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Howard Hawks was distressed by John Ireland's unprofessional and lecherous behavior during filming, which were partially due to the actor's alcoholism. This contributed to Ireland's part, "Cherry Valance", being drastically reduced in the finished film. At one point, Cary Grant was in consideration for the part (he turned it down).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: An equipment shadow tracks across the wagon as the camera pans from Groot to Dunson during their first night on guard at Red River.See more »
Quotes:
[Groot complains about the dust]
Groot Nadine:Bet I ate ten pounds in the last sixteen days. Before this shenanigan is over, I'll probably eat enough land to incorporate me in the Union. The state of Groot.
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Soundtrack:
Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieSee more »

FAQ

Did McMurtry use this as the basis for Lonesome Dove?
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54 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
A much neglected Classic western!, 30 May 1999
Author: Lawrence Davis (ldavis@shockware.com) from Medicine Hat, Alberta

I was the "first kid on the block" to purchase a VCR, way back in the late 60's...the RCA VBT200...no timer, no remote, no nothing! Paid $1200.00 for it (Canadian funds!)and ALL my friends told me I was nuts. I TRIED to tell them that, eventually, everybody would own a VCR but was shouted down. In any case, Red River was the first movie I taped and, deleting commercial breaks, I was ecstatic to have a Hollywood movie on hand to watch whenever the urge arose. And WHAT A MOVIE!!! I agree with earlier comments re John Wayne...who usually just played John Wayne. In THIS one, and "The Searchers", however, the director got one helluva performance out of the Duke. Also, the second movie performance by the tragical Montgomery Clift...so "pretty" in the Mohammed Ali sense that I virtually fell in love with him myself, even though I was a "straight" teenaged boy. From the opening credits, with that almost Wagnerian music by Dmitri Tiomkin, this movie (shot in 1946 and held 'til 1948 for release...I forget why)should be compulsory viewing for the brain-dead Hollywood moguls of today. Actually, there are no "moguls" left...they're all bottom-line money men who wouldn't know a good movie if they saw one..."Let's check the demographics, guys, and fill those multiple screen outlets with brain-dead teens (not really their fault as products of our so called progressive p.c. education system)and make a TON of money!" My age is showing...back to the movie. If you haven't seen it, be prepared for a LONG sojourn. This isn't brain candy...it's an allegorical treatise on the impetuousness of youth vs. the inflexible values of pioneer stock. In the end, BOTH are told to cut themselves some slack, by the "gun-totin" Joanne Dru. In summary, a Great Western, and to get back to the Duke, an amazing performance by a 39 year old made up to look like a 60 year old...and he pulled it off! The respect/fear combo of his hired trailhands is almost Shakespearian, and a tribute to the screenwriter/s and director Howard Hawks. If you've never seen it...do yourself a big favour and rent this little classic!

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