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Director:
Writers:
James Kevin McGuinness (screenplay)
James Warner Bellah (Saturday Evening Post story)
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Release Date:
15 November 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE BREATHTAKING SAGA OF THE UNITED STATES CAVALRY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War when the Union turned their attention towards the Apaches... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"Trooper Yorke brought the word, we came as soon as we could." See more (69 total) »

Cast

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

James Warner Bellah (Saturday Evening Post story)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Ford and Merian C. Cooper's Rio Grande" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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 (PCA #14822) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
In order to get approval for a film he very much wanted to make, The Quiet Man (1952), John Ford had to agree to Herbert J. Yates, head of Republic Pictures, to make this film, starring both John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Republic believed that "The Quiet Man" would tank at the box office and thought a western would recoup that film's expected losses.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: For most of the movie, the troopers are carrying trapdoor carbines, including the escort for the women and children. Of the three troopers who entered the church, Boone and Yorke had been a part of the escort however, Tyree escaped from the fort without any weapons. The rest of the troop and the skirmishers are now carrying Winchester rifles when they charge the village.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Col. Kirby York:But he must learn that a man's word to anything, even his own destruction, is his honor.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Daria: Camp Fear (#5.4)" (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Girl I Left Behind MeSee more »

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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
"Trooper Yorke brought the word, we came as soon as we could.", 17 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

According to a trailer on my Quiet Man VHS and Maureen O'Hara's memoirs Rio Grande was a negotiating chip that Republic Pictures studio president Herbert J. Yates used in order to get John Ford to work for his studio. John Ford had wanted to make The Quiet Man for years and the major studios turned him down. Republic was the last stop he made. Yates agreed to let him shoot The Quiet Man at Republic, but first he wanted a guaranteed moneymaker.

Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon were both done at RKO and made money. So Yates said give me another cavalry picture with John Wayne and you can shoot The Quiet Man afterwards.

James Warner Bellah who had written the short stories that the other two were based on fortunately had a third one published. And that boys and girls is how Rio Grande came into being.

Good thing too because of studio politics we got ourselves a western classic. And a family classic as well. John Wayne who is once again playing a character named Kirby Yorke has two families, the United States Cavalry to which he's devoted and a wife and son from whom he's been estranged. How he repairs the relationships between wife Maureen O'Hara and son Claude Jarman, Jr. is the key to the whole story.

As Maureen toasts at a dinner scene with J. Carrol Naish as General Philip H. Sheridan, "to my one rival, the United States Cavalry."

Young Jefferson Yorke has flunked out of West Point and has joined the army as an enlisted man. Through none of his own doing he's assigned to the frontier post commanded by his father. Mom then comes west to try and spring him from the army, but young Jeff doesn't want to be sprung.

In fact to his father's surprise the young man proves himself to be an able cavalryman without any assistance from Dad. And when Maureen comes west, old love rekindles between Wayne and O'Hara.

All this is against the background of some Apache hit and run raids across the Rio Grande. Topped off by them attacking a party escorting dependent women and children away from the post. Young Trooper Yorke rides for help there, hence the title quote.

A lot of John Ford's stock company fills out the cast to give it that familiar look of Ford films. Some bits from previous films were used like the training Roman style of the new recruits. They prove a more able bunch than the ones from Fort Apache.

Some traditional melodies were used as they are in John Ford period pieces, but unusual for a Ford film, several new songs were written for the film, done by the Sons of the Pioneers. One of them written by Dale Evans entitled Aha San Antone. She was employed at Republic studios also.

A fine classic western with a nice story about family relationships and responsibilities one incurs in life.

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