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River of No Return

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Otto Preminger
  • 87 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. A farmer recently released from prison is forced to flee from marauding tribesmen after a gambling man steals his gun and horse. Accompanied by his son and the gambler's girlfriend, the farmer sets off on a perilous journey down river.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Matt CalderRobert Mitchum
Kay WestonMarilyn Monroe
Harry WestonRory Calhoun
Mark CalderTommy Rettig
Dave ColbyMurvyn Vye
Sam BensonDouglas Spencer
GamblerEd Hinton
BenDon Beddoe
Surrey driverClaire Andre
CroupierJack Mather

Crew

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DirectorOtto Preminger
DirectorJean Negulesco

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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