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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:
Ford's Grand Vision of the West See more (77 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:
The film was criticized for being too studio-bound and for having too many songs. However, Harry Carey Jr. defended the inclusion of songs as authentic, since cavalrymen did sing on a regular basis.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Mrs. Kathleen York:Yankee justice! Arresting that nice young man and charging him with manslaughter, while they promote arsonists to be Sergeant Majors!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Low Bridge (Fifteen Miles On the Erie Canal)See more »

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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Ford's Grand Vision of the West, 20 October 2000
Author: BronwynN (bronwynpn@gmail.com) from Madison, Wisconsin

As many people know, Rio Grande is the third installation of John Ford's sweeping "Cavalry trilogy*," his paean and dirge for the forging of the West after the Cival War. In each, there is Indian fighting, romance and Monument Valley. Younger officers look forward to winning glory in the Indian Wars while the older, veteran officers who served in the Civil War are tired of fighting and would rather keep the peace instead. And the enlisted men coming from all walks of life, some running from something, others trying to find something, but all taking war and peace as they come. They want to stay alive, but aren't too worried about dying.

Unlike the first two cavalry films, Rio Grande focuses more on the love between an Army officer and his wife, and the pain his life causes her. This pain is made even worse by the fact that their ònly son has chosen to follow his father's way of life, and winds up serving in his father's command. When, as is inevitable, Indians flee their reservation, the family becomes embroiled in war against the Apaches (whom, everyone knows, were the toughest, most ruthless and evil Indian fighters of them all). :))

This is where Ford moves away from typical westerns. While his Indians are fierce and tough, Ford tries to show in all the Cavalry films that they are also honorable and fighting for home and family, not because they are evil. And while Wayne's character must pursue his Indians until they're either captured or dead, he is not without both sympathy and respect, and knows for certain that it is the white man's treatment of them that is at the heart of all the Indian wars.

Over the years, as I've seen more and more of his movies, John Ford has become my favorite director. He had the ability to make stories with depth, compassion and remarkable truth; and these qualities have caused his films to last. I hope that you will see all of the Cavalry Trilogy, and then seek out all of the rest his movies.

*The other films in the trilogy are Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949).

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