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River of No Return (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 9 August 1954 (Sweden)
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The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.

Directors:

Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco (uncredited)

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Louis Lantz (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Matt Calder
Marilyn Monroe ... Kay Weston
Rory Calhoun ... Harry Weston
Tommy Rettig ... Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye ... Dave Colby
Douglas Spencer ... Sam Benson
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Storyline

Matt Calder, who lives on a remote farm with his young son Mark, helps two unexpected visitors who lose control of their raft on the nearby river. Harry Weston is a gambler by profession and he is racing to the nearest town to register a mining claim he has won in a poker game. His attractive wife Kay, a former saloon hall girl, is with him. When Calder refuses to let Weston have his only rifle and horse, he simply takes them leaving his wife behind. Unable to defend themselves against a likely Indian attack, Calder, his son and Kay Weston begin the treacherous journey down the river on the raft Weston left behind. Written by garykmcd

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Through shooting rapids of Cree ambush...through the white fanged fury of the Great Northwest...beyond God's last outpost in the granite-walled Rockies...she had to be where he was! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

River of No Return See more »

Filming Locations:

Salmon River, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,195,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,757
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Otto Preminger would direct Robert's son James Mitchum twelve years later in In Harm's Way. See more »

Goofs

The chords Kay plays on the guitar do not match the chords necessary for that particular song. See more »

Quotes

Kay Weston: [singing] I lost my love on the river, And for ever my heart will yearn, Gone, gone for ever, Down the River of No Return...
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1987 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Baywatch: River of No Return: Part 2 (1992) See more »

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Red River Valley
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Traditional
Heard in the mining town
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Beautiful scenery. Oh, and the mountains looked good, too.
26 May 2000 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Beautiful scenery. Oh, and the mountains looked good, too. A really good part for Marilyn Monroe. It gave her a chance to be more than just a sexpot, and she pulled it off. A young Robert Mitchum was very good, with his usual quiet masculinity. He seemed a little unused to the horse, however, in an early scene. I thought the film would have been better if it had ended about 30 seconds earlier than it did. Another note: back in those days Hollywood could portray Indians as implacably hostile, without the political correctness required now. Refreshing. Overall a pretty decent flick.


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