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The River's Edge (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 1957 (UK)
A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay), James Leicester (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Nardo Denning
Anthony Quinn ... Ben Cameron
Debra Paget ... Margaret Fowler
Harry Carey Jr. ... Chet
Chubby Johnson ... Whiskers
Byron Foulger ... Floyd Barry (as Byron K. Foulger)
Tom McKee Tom McKee ... U.S. Border Patrol Captain
Frank Gerstle ... Harry Castleton
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A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.

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It was kill ... or be killed ... all the way down to The River's Edge.


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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~9.2 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~9.4 seconds. See more »

Goofs

When Nardo Denning turns the Thunderbird around and tries to run down Meg, the fender skirt on the passenger side flies off. A later shot of the car as it pursues her shows the skirt still in place. See more »

Quotes

Ben Cameron: You know, if you were on a desert island with that guy and there was nothing but rocks, pretty soon he would have all the rocks moved to his side of the beach.
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The River's Edge
Louis Forbes and Bobby Troup
Sung by Bob Winn
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God still has a sense of humor
28 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching The River's Edge today put me in mind of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. Just imagine if one of those treasure hunters had been a woman on the trip. Think they had problems then?

Ray Milland is the Fred C. Dobbs of the piece. Only he's not looking for gold, he's got a valise with a lot of money in cash. A notorious grifter he's on the run and headed for his former girlfriend Debra Paget. He wants the services of her current husband Anthony Quinn who is a guide and tracker to take him across the Mexican border and away from the law.

Given Paget's beauty and her involvement with both of these men you can imagine what a tense trip this was. Milland commits two murders along the way, that of a US Border Patrolmen and Chubby Johnson an old prospector

Like The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre 90% of the film is focused on the three leads. At no time is anyone truly sure of how they stand with each other. Paget the most confused of all, she loves her husband Quinn in her own way, but Milland is the guy who always scratched her itch.

In the end what happens to Milland is almost eerily reminiscent of what happened to Humphrey Bogart in the previous film. And as I wrote in my review of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, God really does have a sense of humor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Conquest See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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2.55:1
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