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Encyclopedia > Red River (film)
Red River

Red River DVD cover
Directed by Howard Hawks
Arthur Rosson
Produced by Howard Hawks
Written by Borden Chase
Charles Schnee
Starring John Wayne
Montgomery Clift
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Distributed by United Artists
Released September 30, 1948 (USA)
Running time 133 min.
Language English
Spanish
IMDb profile

Red River is a 1948 western film which tells the story of the first cattle drive along the Chisolm Trail in the fictional framework of a cattle man who feuds with his adopted son over ownership of their cattle in the middle of a drive. It stars John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Rory Calhoun, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr. and Harry Carey, Jr.. Image File history File links Red_River_DVD_cover. ... Howard Hawks Howard Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era. ... Allegedly getting his nominal inspiraton from Borden Milk and Chase-Manhattan Bank, Borden Chase (1900 - 1971), whose real name was Frank Fowler, went through an assortment of jobs including the building of New Yorks Holland Tunnel before turning, first to short stories and novels, and then to screenwriting with... U.S. John Wayne stamp from 2004 John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), popularly known as The Duke, was an American film actor whose career began in silent films in the 1920s. ... Montgomery Clift Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor, known by the stage name of Montgomery Clift. ... Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (Russian: ) (May 10, 1894 - November 11, 1979) was a film composer and conductor. ... The current United Artists logo. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 92 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... History The Chisholm Trail was a trail where cattle herds were driven from South Texas to Abilene, Kansas from 1867-1887 where the cattle was shipped east via the Kansas-Pacific Railroad. ... U.S. John Wayne stamp from 2004 John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), popularly known as The Duke, was an American film actor whose career began in silent films in the 1920s. ... Montgomery Clift Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor, known by the stage name of Montgomery Clift. ... Joanne Dru (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) was an American film actress. ... Walter Brennan Walter Brennan, (b. ... Rory Calhoun (born Francis Timothy McCown Durgin on August 8, 1922 – April 28, 1999) was born in Los Angeles, California. ... Gray in Nightmare Alley (1947 movie) Coleen Gray (October 23, 1922- ) is an American movie and television actress born in Staplehurst, Nebraska. ... Harry Carey (January 16, 1878–September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent films earliest superstars. ... John Benjamin Ireland (January 30, 1914 - March 21, 1992) was an actor. ... Noah Beery (August 10, 1913 – November 1, 1994) was an American actor. ... Harry Carey, Jr. ...


The movie was written by Borden Chase and Charles Schnee from Chase's story The Chisholm Trail. It was directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson. Allegedly getting his nominal inspiraton from Borden Milk and Chase-Manhattan Bank, Borden Chase (1900 - 1971), whose real name was Frank Fowler, went through an assortment of jobs including the building of New Yorks Holland Tunnel before turning, first to short stories and novels, and then to screenwriting with... Howard Hawks Howard Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era. ...


Plot

Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) is a stubborn man who wants nothing more than to start up a successful cattle ranch in Texas. Shortly after he begins his journey to Texas with his trail hand, Groot (Walter Brennan), Dunson learns that his love interest, who he had told to stay behind with the wagon train and that he would send for her later, was killed in an Indian attack. Despite this tragedy, Dunson and his trail hand press on and soon come across a young orphaned boy by the name of Matthew Garth (played as an adult by Montgomery Clift), who Dunson takes in under his wing. Together, with only a couple head of cattle, they enter Texas across the Red River and Dunson proudly proclaims all the land that they see as his own; however, two Mexican men appear on horseback to tell them the land already belongs to their boss. Dunson rejects this information and ends up killing one of the men and telling the other to go back to his boss to let him know that Dunson now owns the land. He calls his new spread the Red River D, the name which he uses to brand the first cattle of his herd, promising to add Matt to the brand once he has earned it.


Fourteen years pass and Dunson now has a fully operational cattle ranch. With the help of Matt and Groot, he has managed to raise an impressive herd of well over a thousand cattle, but unfortunately he is broke. With the price of cattle in Texas not to his liking, Dunson decides to drive the massive herd hundreds of miles north to Missouri, where he knows he can fetch a much better price. He hires some extra men to help out with the drive and soon enough they all set off on their perilous journey northward. Along the way, the men run into many troubles, including a stampede caused by one of their own men who was trying to steal sugar and attacks from the surrounding Indians. During one of these encounters, the men save a wagon train from the onslaught of the Indians. One of the women they save is Tess Millay (Joanne Dru), who both Dunson and Matt begin to fall for.


Deeper problems arise when the tyrannical leadership style of Dunson begins to affect the rest of the men, especially Matt, at which point Matt takes control of Dunson's herd in an attempt to lead the herd and the men to a closer destination in Kansas, leaving Dunson behind. Naturally, this infuriates Dunson, who vows to track down Matt and murder him. Matt succeeds in delivering the cattle to a town that has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of such a herd, where he recieves an excellent offer and willingly accepts it. Meanwhile, Dunson aquires a posse and arrives in town shortly after. He attempts to follow through with his promise to kill Matt, in which the two men engage in a fight to the death, but Tess interrupts the battle, drawing a gun on them and forcing the two to realize the love that they share for one another. Dunson and Matt realize their errors and make peace with each other. When they get back to their ranch in Texas, Dunson follows through with his promise and finally incorporates Matt into the brand.


Shelley Winters appears uncredited as the dancing girl in the wagon train.


It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Film Editing (Christian Nyby) and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Academy Awards The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... Christian Nyby (September 1, 1913 _ September 17, 1993) was an American television and film director. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... The Great Hall interior. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


 
 

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