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River of No Return (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 1954 (UK)
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The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.


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Complete credited cast:
Harry Weston
Mark Calder
Dave Colby
Douglas Spencer ...
Sam Benson


Matt Calder, who lives on a remote farm with his young son Mark, helps two unexpected visitors who lose control of their raft on the nearby river. Harry Weston is a gambler by profession and he is racing to the nearest town to register a mining claim he has won in a poker game. His attractive wife Kay, a former saloon hall girl, is with him. When Calder refuses to let Weston have his only rifle and horse, he simply takes them leaving his wife behind. Unable to defend themselves against a likely Indian attack, Calder, his son and Kay Weston begin the treacherous journey down the river on the raft Weston left behind. Written by garykmcd

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MARILYN MONROE...Sultry, flaming, exciting as never before - on a desperate river journey...experiencing the violence and madness of desperate men! See more »


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Release Date:

1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Floden utan återvändo  »

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$2,195,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 3 pairs of jeans that Marilyn Monroe wore in the movie were among a collection of her personal items that were sold for $42,550 at auction at Christies Auction House to designer Tommy Hilfiger. See more »


After making it down the rapids, where previously we have seen Ms Monroe's clothes clinging soaking wet, the very first shot on still water she is all clean and dry and ironed. The same is true for Michum. See more »


Kay Weston: One thing about this, the longer you last the less you care.
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River of No Return
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Music by Lionel Newman
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Marilyn, Mitchum , the river, and a great western.
12 March 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Mitchum is released from jail, picks up his ten year old son and decides to live in a farm. He rescues a couple from a raft on the river (Marilyn Monroe and Rory Calhoun). Calhoun wants to register a gold claim, and from then on its Marilyn, Mitchum, the boy, the raft and the river, not counting the Indians. Marilyn is fabulous and extremely sexy, although Otto Preminger had a lot of trouble with Marilyn´s coach Natasha Lytess who supposedly was trying to make Marilyn become full of mannerisms. Preminger prevailed and Monroe was her natural self in this movie. The beautiful scenery, made even more impressive by the use of cinemascope, Marilyn at her prime, Mitchum good as always, all these make River of No Return an outstanding western.

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