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River of No Return (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 1954 (UK)
The titular 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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Reckless, Roaring, Adventure of the Great Northwest Gold Rush Days! See more »


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Also Known As:

Floden utan återvändo  »

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$2,195,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Roughly a decade after the film was made, Marilyn Monroe claimed this was her worst film, and Otto Preminger spoke bitterly about her in numerous interviews. It wasn't until January 1980, when being interviewed for the New York Daily News, that he conceded, "She tried very hard, and when people try hard, you can't be mad at them." 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: One thing about this, the longer you last the less you care.
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Connections

Referenced in Baywatch: River of No Return: Part 2 (1992) See more »

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River of No Return
(uncredited)
Performed by Robert Mitchum
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Music by Lionel Newman
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Beautiful scenery. Oh, and the mountains looked good, too.
26 May 2000 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Beautiful scenery. Oh, and the mountains looked good, too. A really good part for Marilyn Monroe. It gave her a chance to be more than just a sexpot, and she pulled it off. A young Robert Mitchum was very good, with his usual quiet masculinity. He seemed a little unused to the horse, however, in an early scene. I thought the film would have been better if it had ended about 30 seconds earlier than it did. Another note: back in those days Hollywood could portray Indians as implacably hostile, without the political correctness required now. Refreshing. Overall a pretty decent flick.


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