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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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White Water Rafting With Marilyn and Mitch See more (66 total) »

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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  • Bausch & Lomb  CinemaScope lenses by
  • 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:
Both Otto Preminger and Marilyn Monroe were forced to do the film against their will, due to contractual obligations. They both expressed their frustration over the script which they considered below par. However, the film was a box office hit upon its release and remains a popular classic western.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Matt and Kay are in the cave, Matt trips over a rock as he is walking over to hang up Kay's bloomers to dry.See more »
Quotes:
Kay Weston:One thing about this, the longer you last the less you care.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
River of No ReturnSee more »

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32 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
White Water Rafting With Marilyn and Mitch, 29 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Of all of Marilyn Monroe's leading men, Robert Mitchum was the only one who knew her back when. In 1941 before he made his screen debut in a Hopalong Cassidy film, Mitchum was among other things an aircraft factory worker and one of his friends was one James Daugherty. Of course Jim had a wife Norma Jean at the time and Bob and Dorothy occasionally socialized.

He knew all about her psychological problems and when it came time to do a film with her when both became screen legends, Mitchum was not about to get himself involved. That probably helped because during the shooting Marilyn and director Otto Preminger stopped speaking and would only communicate through Mitchum.

Marilyn's a saloon gal involved with a no good gambler/drifter in Rory Calhoun. Calhoun and Monroe nearly drown on a river when Mitchum rescues them and their raft. No good deed goes unpunished so Calhoun takes Mitchum's horse and Mitchum, Monroe, and Mitchum's son Tommy Rettig use the raft to go after him. They're kind of forced to because the Indians are on the warpath.

She's certainly quite a distraction for a man on a mission and at one point Mitchum does give into lust ever so briefly. Which does make River of No Return one of the more realistic westerns ever done.

Twentieth Century Fox decided to go whole hog on this one, shooting the film up in Banff. But with Marilyn and Otto feuding it was not a happy set. Otto walked off the picture and Jean Negulesco finished it out. Joe DiMaggio flew up to the set because of rumors of Mitchum and Marilyn, that were completely unfounded, but Joe was the jealous type. As for Mitchum legend has it that he and another legendary drinker, Murvyn Vye, killed many a bottle during the long evenings.

Done in cinemascope and 3-D, River of No Return should be seen on the big screen. Not even a letterbox DVD does it justice. And 3-D was definitely the medium for Monroe. Marilyn even has some nice songs to sing in this one.

It's not a great western, still it's entertaining enough especially in those rafting sequences. But it was a film Otto Preminger shuddered about when recalling.

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