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River of No Return
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Writers:
Frank Fenton (screenplay)
Louis Lantz (story)
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Release Date:
30 April 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Reckless, Roaring, Adventure of the Great Northwest Gold Rush Days! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Matt Calder

Marilyn Monroe ... Kay Weston

Rory Calhoun ... Harry Weston

Tommy Rettig ... Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye ... Dave Colby
Douglas Spencer ... Sam Benson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Prospector (uncredited)
Claire Andre ... Surrey Driver (uncredited)
Edward Astran ... Council City Barfly (uncredited)
Hal Baylor ... Young Punk (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Ben (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Council City Barfly (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Prospector (uncredited)
Larry Chance ... Young Punk (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Leering Man (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Barber (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Prospector (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Prospector (uncredited)
Geneva Gray ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Gambler (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Prospector (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Prospector (uncredited)
Mitchell Kowall ... (uncredited)
Anthony Lawrence ... Young Punk (uncredited)
Jarma Lewis ... Saloon Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Prospector (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Council City Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Card Table Dealer (uncredited)
Ann McCrea ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Harry Monty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fay Morley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Prospector (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Prospector (uncredited)

Barbara Nichols ... Blonde Dancer (uncredited)
George Patay ... Council City Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Prospector (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Prospector (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Prospector (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Bartender (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Pianist (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... Minister at Tent City (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Council City Barfly (uncredited)
George Sowards ... Council City Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Prospector (uncredited)
John Veitch ... Young Punk (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Prospector (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Trader (uncredited)
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Directed by
Otto Preminger 
Jean Negulesco (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Frank Fenton (screenplay)

Louis Lantz (story)

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography) (as Joseph La Shelle)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Travilla 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Helmick .... assistant director
Donald C. Klune .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Dan Heather .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Harry Monty .... stunt double: Tommy Rettig (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Tim Wallace .... stunt double: Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... songs: lyrics
Ken Darby .... vocal director
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Lionel Newman .... songs: music
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Jack Cole .... choreographer
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
George Patey .... stand-in: Rory Calhoun (uncredited)
Tim Wallace .... stand-in: Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Canadian Government  the Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation thanks for its cooperation in the production of this motion picture (as the Canadian Government)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
91 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | UK:PG | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #16625, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
During the shoot in Jasper, local resident Wilbur Stanley and a friend were watching some of the scenes. Robert Mitchum accepted their invitation during a break and they returned to their car, where they each had a beer and talked. Afterward Mitchum got out of the car, threw the bottle across the ground near there, and commented "Best breakfast I ever had!"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Matt comes from fishing, he carries only one fish (left hand). Immediately after, he has two fishes.See more »
Quotes:
Kay Weston:[Harry pulls out a pistol] What's that for?
Harry Weston:In case he's hard of hearing.
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Soundtrack:
Red River ValleySee more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Monroe meets Mitchum--and Otto Preminger!, 26 January 2008
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Nine-year old boy is reunited with his estranged father in a northwest boom town in the midst of Gold Fever; they take off for a life of fishing and hunting but are soon railroaded by a crooked gambler and his gal, a saloon singer who gets a pang of conscience and stays with dad and the kid. Soon, all three are on the run from Injuns, on a raft down a treacherous river. Lackadaisical western puts action on the back-burner to focus on character interaction, which in this case isn't such a bad thing. Robert Mitchum never puts on a big show: tough and steely, but paternal towards the kid and easy with the lady, he's gruffly polite--and unapologetic about his behavior. Marilyn Monroe is such a drama queen, she can't deliver a simple monologue without twitching something (her eyes, her lips, her nostrils); she is lovely (and, in a singing scene outdoors with the boy, very natural), but one warms to her because she's Marilyn (her legend exceeds the worn material and her over-emphatic delivery). Otto Preminger directed, but this doesn't feel like a Preminger movie. There are no tart or prodding scenes, and the dangerous rapids excursions--and Indian rampages--are not staged for maximum impact. The Indians, armed with arrows, simply seem like bad shots, and the close-up sequences on the raft were obviously achieved in the studio. Still, the occasional on-location photography is breath-taking, and the three principles grow steadily on the audience as well as towards each other. Beautiful theme song is sung in versions by both Mitchum and Monroe. **1/2 from ****

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