Red River Overview:

Red River (1948) was a Western - Action Film directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson and produced by Howard Hawks and Charles K. Feldman.

The film was based on the serial novel The Chisholm Trail written by Borden Chase published in The Saturday Evening Post from Dec 7, 1946 - Jan 11, 1947.

Red River was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Film EditingChristian NybyNominated
Best WritingBorden ChaseNominated
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PRIDE MONTH: John Ireland and Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948)

By Carol Martinheira on Jun 10, 2021 From The Old Hollywood Garden

PRIDE MONTH: John Ireland and Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948) On June 10, 2021 By CarolIn Uncategorized June is Pride Month and, like always, celebrations abound here at the Garden. And while I’ve already talked about some of the big ones, like Morocco (... Read full article


Review: Red River (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 4, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Any conversation on quintessential American Westerns certainly has to at least consider Red River. It has genre mainstay John Wayne in one of his most stirring performances, a moody precursor to The Searchers. It boasts the debut of the often criminally under-appreciated method actor Monty Clift. Mo... Read full article


Review: Red River (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 4, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Any conversation on quintessential American Westerns certainly has to at least consider Red River. It has genre mainstay John Wayne in one of his most stirring performances, a moody precursor to The Searchers. It boasts the debut of the often criminally under-appreciated method actor Monty Clift. Mo... Read full article


Red River

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 17, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm looking at director Howard Hawks' classic Western Red River (1948) starring John Wayne (left) and Montgomery Clift. This article is part of the Criterion Blogathon hosted by Criterion Blues, Speakeasy, and Silver Screenings. Here's a gentle reminder that this review contains spoile... Read full article


Red River (1948)

By Beatrice on Mar 28, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Red River Directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rossen Written by Borden Chase and Charles Schnee from a story by Chase 1948/USA Charles K. Feldman Group/Monterey Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #217 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I find this to be two-thirds iconic cattle dri... Read full article


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[Dunson plans to take Don Diego's land from him]
Fernandez: Others have thought as you, señor. Others have tried.
Thomas Dunson: And you've always been good enough to stop them?
Fernandez: Amigo, it is my work.
Thomas Dunson: Pretty unhealthy job.


Thomas Dunson: Cherry was right. You're soft, you should have let 'em kill me, 'cause I'm gonna kill you. I'll catch up with ya. I don't know when, but I'll catch up. Every time you turn around, expect to see me, 'cause one time you'll turn around and I'll be there. I'm gonna kill ya, Matt.


Mr. Melville: I'll buy the drinks when it's over.


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Facts about

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 7, 1949 with John Wayne, Joanne Dru and Walter Brennan reprising their film roles.
In a 1974 interview, Howard Hawks said that he originally offered the role of Thomas Dunson to Gary Cooper but he had declined it because he didn't believe the ruthless nature of Dunson's character would have suited his screen image.
During production, many members of the cast and crew caught illnesses and injuries. Howard Hawks was hospitalized for several days after being stung by a centipede. John Wayne caught a severe cold. Joanne Dru suffered from influenza.
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