River of No Return

River of No Return

Otto Preminger (1954)

87min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Here's a chance to see Robert Mitchum mumble away to Marilyn Monroe and show us what a great job two stars can do with a creaking script and poor dialogue. This is an "event" movie, in that we do not really believe in Mitchum and Monroe cast adrift in the glorious scenery of the Canadian Rockies, but we heartily enjoy seeing them do it. In his only western, Otto Preminger directs with enough sense to let the actors shine within the confines of a far-fetched adventure tale about a farmer who's thrown together with a saloon singer when her no-good gambler boyfriend leaves her stranded. It's good entertainment as long as you suspend your critical faculties and let the sight of starry charisma suffice.

Summary

A homesteader and his son fall foul of a crooked gambler, who makes off with the farmer's horse and rifle and leaves behind his abandoned girlfriend. However, the three of them are forced to flee by river on a raft when their farm comes under attack. Western, starring Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe and Rory Calhoun.

Cast & Crew

Kay Weston Marilyn Monroe
Matt Calder Robert Mitchum
Harry Weston Rory Calhoun
Mark Calder Tommy Rettig
Dave Colby Murvyn Vye
Sam Benson Douglas Spencer
Ben Don Beddoe
Prospector Paul Newlan
Director Otto Preminger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama