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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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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 »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(60 articles)
User Reviews:
A Republic triumph See more (79 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 (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
 
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)
 
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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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 (MPAA rating: certificate #14822) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When the regimental singers are serenading Kathleen Yorke and General Sheridan outside Colonel Yorke's tent there are several lanterns hanging from the top of the opening. The lantern on the right side of the tent post clearly has an electric light bulb in it.See more »
Quotes:
Gen. Philip Sheridan:I'm going to issue you an order and give it to you personally. I want you to cross the Rio Grande, hit the Apache and burn him out. I'm tired of hit-and-run. I'm sick of diplomatic hide-and-seek.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Major Dundee (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
ReveilleSee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Republic triumph, 17 September 2008
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

I have never paid much attention to westerns in general and have not bothered with this film even though Republic Studios made it, a fact that normally would have me magnetized to any of their other films (especially serials and musicals) .... but cable TV in Sydney Australia has played RIO GRANDE a few times on a double with FLAME OF BARBARY COAST. What a fool I have been to avoid RIO GRANDE. This superb humane film (even though about the cruel US cavalry) is a perfect balance of family dramas, hilarious tough humor and genuine concern for the development and survival of soldiers and the camaraderie of the troop. Everything good anyone else on this site can say it utterly true, especially the astonishing photography, breathtaking Maureen O'Hara, the raucous Victor MacLaglen and sensitive Claude Jarman. I eagerly look forward to waking up more to myself and seeing FORT APACHE and SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, and as usual celebrating more of the diverse product of Republic Studios. FLAME OF BARBARY COAST was good especially the incredible lavishness of the sets. I would be very keen to know the cost and box office success of both films. Anyone......? WAKE OF THE RED WITCH made around 1949 was a massive success... as was THE QUIET MAN in 1952. Vale Republic!

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