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River of No Return (1954)

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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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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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river | gambler | raft | saloon | wilderness | See more »

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Reckless, Roaring, Adventure of the Great Northwest Gold Rush Days! See more »

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Adventure | Western

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30 April 1954 (USA)  »

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River of No Return  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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This was not the first meeting of Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. Mitchum had worked at Lockheed Aircraft with Monroe's--then known as Norma Jean Baker--first husband James Dougherty. The two had met on at least one occasion during the mid 1940's. See more »

Goofs

The chords Kay plays on the guitar do not match the chords necessary for that particular song. See more »

Quotes

Kay Weston: I supposed you never made a mistake.
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Referenced in The Fifties (1997) See more »

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I'm Gonna File My Claim
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Performed by Marilyn Monroe
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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