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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:
A film which is spectacle at its best , although spectacle is by no means all of it... 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Texas Longhorn cattle had been nearly extinct as a breed for about 50 years when this film was made. Only a few dozen animals were available. In the herd scenes most of the cattle are Hereford crosses with the precious Longhorns prominently placed in crucial scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Matthew Garth seems to beat Thomas Dunson to the draw in a mock contest orchestrated by Dunston and Groot Nadine. However the gun is already in Garth's right hand in order to fool the audience, as evidenced by the his empty holster as he walks away.See more »
Quotes:
Matt, as a boy:How did you know when he was gonna draw?
Thomas Dunson:By watching his eyes. Remember that.
Matt, as a boy:I will.
Thomas Dunson:Get a shovel and my Bible. I'll read over him.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieSee more »

FAQ

Did McMurtry use this as the basis for Lonesome Dove?
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40 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A film which is spectacle at its best , although spectacle is by no means all of it..., 21 November 1999

From 1939 to 1948, two major Westerns done with taste and skill and with an eye to beauty could be mentioned: John Ford's "Stagecoach," and Howard Hawks' "Red River."

"Red River" is a great adventure Western considered as the very best among all Westerns... But could we compared it to Ford's splendidly filmed "Wagon Master"? John Ford maintains his shooting eye at a certain distance while Howard Hawks keeps it nearby... But both are skilled directors of a bunch of great movies…

Ford is closer to Western movies, and Hawks to other genre... Ford treats his Western characters as people behave... Hawks displays it in vivid adventure... In "Red River," "Rio Bravo," and "The Big Sky" Howard Hawks is far from the magnitude of Ford's "The Searchers." Under Ford's instruction, John Wayne is fluent and moderate, refined in conduct and manners as in "The Quiet Man." With Hawks, Wayne's character prevails differential tendency toward passion and fury...

It is soon evident that the cattle boss is tough to the point of obsession… It could be argued that only men of this spirit could have handled and survived the first pioneering cattle drives… One of the drovers (John Ireland) wants to make for Abilene but gets no change out of Wayne… When the cattle stampede Wayne goes to 'gun-whip' one of the hands, Clift intervenes… It was then evident that Wayne was going to drive his men just as hard as he intends to drive the cattle…

"Red River" is a Western just as much concerned with human relationships and their tensions as with spectacle and action—a hallmark of Hawks' films and this element is introduced when the pair meet up with a boy leading a cow… The boy confirms the wagon-train massacre, and the boy and the cow from then on are included in the partnership… This is not only a key-point of the narrative but also a highly symbolic moment…

For some years Garfield was the only screen rebel... But in Clift's appearance in "Red River," another rebel was born… In "Red River," Clift plays the adopted son who opposes his father's domineering attitudes and behavior towards himself and also towards the cowhands who work for them on the drive to market… The struggle between father and adopted son, compels delighted interest... Dunson's unfeeling hardhearted style remembers us Captain Bligh in "Mutiny on the Bounty." In the beginning of the film we had admiration for Wayne's persona... We concluded finding him unfriendly, unconscious, unacceptable and faulty... Clift wins our sympathy!

Clift was the withdrawn, introverted man who quietly maintains his integrity as he resists all pressures… These qualities were summed up in the words of Private Prewitt in "From Here to Eternity" probably Clift's finest rebel role!

"Red River" will remain a film with a unique flavor… It has, and will continue to have, its own special niche among honored Westerns…

With two Academy Award Nomination for Writing, splendid music score by Dmitri Tomkin and excellent acting including the supporting cast, the film had all the concepts of Howard Hawks' quality: vigor in action, reality as opposed to emotions and a faculty of scale...

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