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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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Mitchim offers a portrayal of total integrity with all the conviction of a Joel McCrea or Randolph Scott... See more (68 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)
Richard LaMarr ... Prospector (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)
Anthony Natale ... 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)
John Roy ... 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)

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 (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
 
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 .... orchestration
 
Other crew
Jack Cole .... choreography
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
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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Runtime:
91 min
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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:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2002) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16625, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Jean Negulesco directed retakes when Otto Preminger wasn't available.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:
Matt Calder:He can run but he can't hide.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Red River ValleySee more »

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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Mitchim offers a portrayal of total integrity with all the conviction of a Joel McCrea or Randolph Scott..., 24 July 1999

Otto Preminger's "River of No Return" is set in Northwest Canada, in savage Indian territory, in the gold rush days... The plot is weak but the scenery is spectacular and the action of the river dramatically powerful... Otto Preminger knew how to create tension and threat in the grandeur and menace of the Canadian Rockies…

The film opens in the 1875 with widower Matt Calder (Mitchum), coming to town, where his ten-year-old son Mark (Tommy Rettig) is waiting for him... He has served a term in prison for shooting a man in the back, even though he shot the man only to keep him from murdering a friend... Mark has now been sent to join his father, who has bought a farm for them...

Mark has made the acquaintance of Kay (Marilyn Monroe), a saloon singer, while waiting for his father.... Calder thanks Kay for her kindness to his boy, and father and son depart for their farm...

One day, Calder sees Kay and gambler Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun) in trouble on a raft in the river near his home... He helps them ashore and learns that Watson is in a hurry to get to town to register a gold claim... So eager is he that he steals his rescuer's only horse, and leaving his girl behind as well, rides away...

The predicament of those left is deepened by the fact that Indians are on a rampage and are due to attack the farm at any moment... The only way left to get to town is by a wild river...

Photographed in Technicolor and CinemaScope, the film is designed to exploit the splendors of the mountains, trees and rapid rivers plus the magnetic pleasant figure of Marilyn who is the only charming woman surrounded by two handsome men and a charming kid...

Marilyn sings 4 numbers in the film: "One Silver Dollar," "I'm Gonna File My Claim," "Down in the Meadow," and "The River of No Return." The little boy, Tommy Rettig, played another big-scale Western, Delmer Daves' "The Last Wagon," with Richard Widmark, Felicia Farr, and Susan Kohner...

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