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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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Thomas Dunson
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Matt Garth
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Tess Millay
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Nadine Groot
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Fen (as Colleen Gray)
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Mr. Melville (as Harry Carey Sr.)
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Cherry Valance
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Buster McGee
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Dan Latimer
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Quo (as Chief Yowlatchie)
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Teeler Yacey
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Simms Reeves
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Matt - as a Boy
Ray Hyke ...
Walt Jergens
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Old Leather (as Hal Talliaferro)
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Colonel (uncredited)
Davison Clark ...
Mr. Meeker (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
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Dunston Rider (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ...
Fernandez (uncredited)
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Rider with Melville (uncredited)
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Colonel's Trail Boss (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ...
Train Engineer (uncredited)
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Settler (uncredited)
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Drover at Meeting (uncredited)
Ivan Parry ...
Bunk Kenneally (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Gambler (uncredited)
John Rice ...
Drover at Meeting (uncredited)
William Self ...
Sutter - Wounded Wrangler (uncredited)
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Cowhand (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
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Naylor (uncredited)
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Quitter (uncredited)
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Laredo (uncredited)
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Pete (uncredited)
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Dance Hall Girl in Wagon Train (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Hawks
Arthur Rosson ... (co-director)

Written by

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Borden Chase ... (screenplay) and
Charles Schnee ... (screenplay)
 
Borden Chase ... (from "The Saturday Evening Post" story)

Produced by

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Howard Hawks ... producer
Charles K. Feldman ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography by

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Russell Harlan ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Christian Nyby
Francis D. Lyon ... (uncredited)
Jack Murray ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Barbara Ford ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Stewart S. Frye ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Olive Hofmann ... negative cutter (uncredited)
Bernard Loftus ... feature editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Dave Gunreth ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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John Datu ... (as John Datu Arensma)

Makeup Department

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Lee Greenway ... makeup
George Bau ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Don L. Cash ... makeup department head (uncredited)
Mary Freeman ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dotha Hippe ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank La Rue ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Anna Malin ... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Margaret Martin ... head hairdresser (uncredited)
Maudlee McDougall ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Web Overlander ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Norman A. Cook ... production manager (as Norman Cook)
M.W. Kennedy ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Walter Mayo ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William McGarry ... assistant director
Joseph C. Cavalier ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Rosson ... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Siteman ... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Joe Wonder ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Harry Apperson ... drapery department head (uncredited)
John F. Austin ... set dresser (uncredited)
Oscar Brodin ... studio construction department head (uncredited)
Jack Colconda ... first prop man (uncredited)
Lester Hallett ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Howard Harbough ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Al Hersh ... second prop man (uncredited)
Winston Jones ... second prop man (uncredited)
V.L. McFadden ... construction superintendent (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard DeWeese ... sound
Earl Crain Jr. ... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Gannon ... cable man (uncredited)
Jack Gard ... boom operator (uncredited)
Slim Houghton ... cable man (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer ... studio sound department head (uncredited)
Cecil Shephard ... cable man (uncredited)
Frank Webster ... sound mixer (uncredited)
Kenneth C. Wesson ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Donald Steward ... special effects
Allen Q. Thompson ... special photographic effects (as Allan Thompson)
Jack Caffee ... department head (uncredited)
Perzy High ... 3rd assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Richard Farnsworth ... stunt double: Montgomery Clift (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Ben Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... stunts (uncredited)
Riley R. Waters ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pete Bernard ... second man grip (uncredited)
Ray Binger ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Roy Black ... gaffer (uncredited)
George T. Clemens ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cleo Crabtree ... gaffer (uncredited)
Dave Donlon ... best boy (uncredited)
Bert Eason ... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Carl Gibson ... grip department head (uncredited)
Otto Johnson ... first assistant grip (uncredited)
Henry Maak ... second company grip (uncredited)
Robert Rhea ... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Ryan ... third assistant grip (uncredited)
Herman Selgrath ... studio grip department head (uncredited)
Earl Stafford ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Palmer 'Pete' Swenson ... best boy electric (uncredited)
John D. Thompson ... first company grip (uncredited)
Tommy Thompson ... grip (uncredited)
John D. Weiler ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Chuck Arrice ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Howard Child ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Wesley Jeffries ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Saul Jick ... tailor (uncredited)
Jack E. Miller ... wardrobe department head (uncredited)
Adele Parmenter ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Nevada Penn ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Fred Starns ... wardrobe (uncredited)
John Zacha ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Gus Schroeder ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dimitri Tiomkin ... music director
Vinton Vernon ... music recorder
Lucien Cailliet ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Chudnow ... music department head (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... choral director (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Howard Hawks ... presenter
Howard Alston ... accountant (uncredited)
Bea Benjamin ... comptroller (uncredited)
Grant Butler ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Betty Church ... publicity secretary (uncredited)
Bob Clarke ... wrangler (uncredited)
Scoop Conlon ... publicity director (uncredited)
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Andrew A. Dexter ... payroll (uncredited)
'Doc' Elliott ... assistant wrangler (uncredited)
Betty Evans ... accountant (uncredited)
Don Hill ... first aid nurse (uncredited)
Ruth Horth ... payroll (uncredited)
Dorothy Huefner ... secretary (uncredited)
Stella Jacobs ... clerk (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones ... wrangler boss (uncredited)
Cliff Lewis ... head publicist (uncredited)
Irene Lewis ... nurse (uncredited)
Sol London ... studio manager (uncredited)
John E. McDermott ... comptroller (uncredited)
Helen McSweeney ... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Robert Shaw ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Bobbie Sierks ... script clerk (uncredited)
Josephine Woods ... production secretary (uncredited)
Don Wyman ... paymaster (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train - started off with only two head of cattle. The nearest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won't listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Greatest Spectacle Ever! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The River Is Red (United States)
  • La rivière rouge (France)
  • Le fleuve rouge (France)
  • Panik am roten Fluß (Germany)
  • Río Rojo (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 133 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia After seeing John Wayne's performance in the film, directed by rival director Howard Hawks, John Ford is quoted as saying, "I never knew the big son of a bitch could act." This led to Ford casting Wayne in more complex, multi-layered, and dramatic roles in films like She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). See more »
Goofs The film gives 14 August 1865 as the completion of the first cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail. However, the first cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail started and finished in 1867, two years later. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Screen Writer (1950). See more »
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Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: Among the annals of the great state of Texas may be found the story of the first drive on the famous Chisholm Trail. A story of one of the great cattle herds of the world, of a man and a boy--Thomas Dunson and Matthew Garth, the story of the Red River D. See more »
Quotes Cherry: There are only two things more beautiful than a good gun: a Swiss watch or a woman from anywhere. Ever had a good... Swiss watch?
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