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Rio Grande -- In this John Ford classic, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are embroiled in an epic battle with the Apaches and each other. Lt. Col. Yorke (John Wayne) leads his cavalry troops to the Rio Grande to fight a warring tribe.


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James Kevin McGuinness (screenplay)
James Warner Bellah (Saturday Evening Post story)
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Release Date:
15 November 1950 (USA) See more »
THE BREATHTAKING SAGA OF THE UNITED STATES CAVALRY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke

Maureen O'Hara ... Mrs. Kathleen Yorke

Ben Johnson ... Trooper Travis Tyree

Claude Jarman Jr. ... Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke

Harry Carey Jr. ... Trooper Daniel 'Sandy' Boone

Chill Wills ... Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)

J. Carrol Naish ... Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan

Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon

Grant Withers ... U.S. Deputy Marshal
Sons of the Pioneers ... Regimental Musicians (as Sons Of The Pioneers)
Peter Ortiz ... Capt. St. Jacques
Steve Pendleton ... Capt. Prescott
Karolyn Grimes ... Margaret Mary
Alberto Morin ... Lieutenant
Stan Jones ... Sergeant
Fred Kennedy ... Trooper Heinze
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ken Curtis ... Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Tommy Doss ... Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Hugh Farr ... Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Karl Farr ... Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Shug Fisher ... Regimental Singer / Bugler (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Soldier (uncredited)
Lee Morgan ... (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Lloyd Perryman ... Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Officer / Indian Who Fires Arrow Into Col. York's Chest (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson ... Indian Chief (uncredited)

Patrick Wayne ... Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
James Kevin McGuinness (screenplay) (as James Kevin Mc Guinness)

James Warner Bellah (Saturday Evening Post story)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young (musical score)
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
Art Direction by
Frank Hotaling 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations)
Charles S. Thompson (set decorations) (as Charles Thompson)
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dudley Holmes .... properties (as R. Dudley Holmes)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt double (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie Stout .... second unit photography
Editorial Department
Barbara Ford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Norm Taylor .... driver: cavalry wagon (uncredited)
Other crew
D.R.O. Hatswell .... uniforms (as D. R. Overall Hatswell)
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor (as Major Philip H. Kieffer U.S.A. Ret.)
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Ford and Merian C. Cooper's Rio Grande" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Cavalry 3: Rio Grande" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | New Zealand:G | Norway:16 (1959) | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1996) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14822) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

According to Maureen O'Hara in her biography, Tis herself, some stunt men died during the shooting of Rio Grande, they fell from the horses during a scene in the middle of a muddy river. Their bodies were never recovered.See more »
Errors in geography: When crossing the Rio Grande from the United States, the water flows right to left. In this movie, the water is flowing left to right.See more »
Trooper Travis Tyree:I'm Hungary... Beans? Didn't nobody ever tell the army that they grew beef in this part of the country?
Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke:[laughing] Not lately. We'll be on cold rations for three days.
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Most Realistic of Ford's Cavalry Trilogy; a True Western, 9 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

As a writer, I find this to be the most honest and least pretentious of all John Ford's western films. His cavalry trilogy ended with "Rio Grande" (the others are "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon: and it was also the first pairing of John Wayne with Maureen O'Hara, with whom he made five film appearances all told. The setting of the film is not glamorous by anyone's standards; it is dusty, hot, remote, a country for hard men and hard duty. The storyline has Wayne in command of a fort. When his son is assigned to him for training with other recruits, his wife, estranged for fifteen years, follows him--to try to meddle... The storyline makes clear that during the Civil War he refused to disobey orders to burn down her family's plantation; now she's come west, and he wants her back and want to instill his pride in and love for the cavalry in his son. There is rough humor in the film, changes to mind and body, learning to ride, standing up to the elements and to men, lessons the West can demand of anyone who comes there. nd after a plan of Wayne's to protect settlers against the Indians backfires, he has to risk everything to save his career and his command. The theme of the film is that any man has to dare and dream beyond old conventions and ideas in order to reach his best; and that goes for O'Hara as well. The film was directed by John Ford, with script by James Kevin MacGuinness..Bert Glennon's skilled B/W cinematography captures the bleak beauty of the spare semi-desert country, and admirably. Frank Hotaling did the production design and Victor Young contributed the score. In this feature's large cast were Wane, O'Hara. Claude Jarman Jr. of "The Yearling" as their son, Harry Carey Jr., Victor Maclaglen, J Carrol Naish, Chill Wills and many solid western performers. But the best thing to me about the production is the absence of any attempt to glamorize or apologize for the West. The men who rode for the cavalry lived with loneliness, the roughness of the country they patrolled and constant danger from those they opposed; this film makes it clear why men would do this for the meager pay they received; that it was the challenge they took up, as a way to use their abilities and emotional strength to the full. That is why I like this film the best of all of Ford's estimable works.

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