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River of No Return (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 9 August 1954 (Sweden)
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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.

Directors:

Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco (uncredited)

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Louis Lantz (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Matt Calder
Marilyn Monroe ... Kay Weston
Rory Calhoun ... Harry Weston
Tommy Rettig ... Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye ... Dave Colby
Douglas Spencer ... Sam Benson
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Storyline

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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Through shooting rapids of Cree ambush...through the white fanged fury of the Great Northwest...beyond God's last outpost in the granite-walled Rockies...she had to be where he was! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Fluß ohne Wiederkehr See more »

Filming Locations:

Salmon River, Idaho, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,195,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The 3 pairs of jeans that Marilyn Monroe wore in the movie were among a collection of her personal items that were sold for $42,550 at auction at Christies Auction House to designer Tommy Hilfiger. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Featured in Biography: Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Down in the Meadow
(uncredited)
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Music by Lionel Newman
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Mitchum and Monroe shine in this enjoyable movie shot on Canadian location
25 January 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Ex-farmer Robert Mitchum recently released from jail, rescues Rory Calhoun and Marilyn Monroe from dangerous raft. But Calhoun gives back the favor and steals his horse. Mitchum, his little boy son and Monroe are abandoned and pursued by the hostile Indians. Forcing them have to face a raging river, in order to survive suffering a lot of risks and dangers.

This marvelous Western packs agreeable performances, love story, familiar drama and gorgeous outdoors shot in Canadian landscapes. Spectacular scenes proceeded during desperate rapids rafting, however with transparency when the protagonists appear foreground and close-up.

Furthermore, contains some violent scenes such as an attempt of rape by Mitchum over Monroe, very strong for that time. Casting is frankly outstanding. Robert Mitchum, habitual Western actor(Bandido,5 card stud,The wrath of God), is excellent with his usual facade of indifference and lazily acting ,though provides depth as an ex-convict with bitter past. Awesome Marilyn Monroe, at her golden peak, as a Saloon girl playing splendidly beautiful songs and musical numbers, reflecting her sexual iconography .Classic melody with sensible musical leitmotif by Cryl J Mockridge. Colorful, evocative cinematography by Joseph LaShelle, though best advantage in Cinemascope. The motion picture is well directed by Otto Preminger , the only time directed Western, but he's a noir cinema expert(Fallen Angel, Laura, Angel face,Whilpool). The film will like to Mitchum and Monroe fans. Rating : Better than average.


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