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River of No Return (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 1954 (UK)
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.

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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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MARILYN MONROE...Sultry, flaming, exciting as never before - on a desperate river journey...experiencing the violence and madness of desperate men! See more »


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Fluß ohne Wiederkehr  »

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$2,195,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Mitchum did not get along with director Otto Preminger or co-star Tommy Rettig. See more »

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When Matt and Kay are in the cave, Matt trips over a rock as he is walking over to hang up Kay's bloomers to dry. See more »

Quotes

Kay Weston: [Harry pulls out a pistol] What's that for?
Harry Weston: In case he's hard of hearing.
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Referenced in Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (1988) See more »

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Red River Valley
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Worth watching even if....
28 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

you don't like Westerns. Basically I don't know if they are now popular again, but this film is well worth it due to Monroe, Mitchum and the story.

Normally, I do not like John Wayne and cowboy/Indian type films,they seem too dated for today's audience, but started watching this for Monroe. She is very good, a saloon singer who hooks up with Rory Calhoun, a gambler, who wants to stakes his claim on some land reputed to have gold; There are a few skirmishes, Monroe actually sings quite well, and the interaction between her and Mitchum is believable.

All in all a nice film with some good whitewater scenes, good acting and you may even forget you are watching a western!. 9/10.


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