Rio Grande

  • U
  • John Ford (1950)
  • US
  • 104 min
Rio Grande
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This great western - the third film in John Ford's cavalry trilogy, following Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - tells the story of a daring off-the-record solution to Indian raids from across the border. It also features a powerful romantic relationship between John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara as the fort commander and his long-separated wife. O'Hara was the strongest leading lady Wayne ever had and almost his match in stubborn pride (they co-starred in four more films). Here, she re-enters Wayne's life seeking to protect their son (Claude Jarman Jr), a private sent out west to serve under him. Once again, Ford creates a stirring picture of the Old West - if this wasn't the way it was, it's the way it should have been.

Plot Summary

Classic John Ford western starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. On the Mexican border in the 1880s, Lieutenant Colonel Yorke of the US cavalry is conducting a lonely, vain campaign against marauding Apaches. When his trooper son arrives at the fort, followed by Yorke's estranged wife, family conflict adds to his troubles.

Cast and crew


Lt Colonel Yorke
John Wayne
Mrs Yorke
Maureen O'Hara
Trooper Tyree
Ben Johnson (1)
Trooper Jeff Yorke
Claude Jarman Jr
Trooper Boone
Harry Carey Jr
Dr Wilkins
Chill Wills
General Sheridan
J Carrol Naish
Victor McLaglen
Deputy marshal
Grant Withers
Captain St Jacques
Peter Ortiz


John Ford

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Universal Pictures