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Red River

USA, English, 133 mins

  • Director: Howard Hawks; Arthur Rosson
  • Writer: Borden Chase; Charles Schnee
  • Producer: Howard Hawks; Charles K. Feldman

CGiii Comment

This gets 3 stars for all the wrong reasons - it is a masterclass in unintentional camp.

Knowing what we know now: Clift and Ireland were screwing each other throughout filming - it's easy to read between the lines and, in doing so, this becomes an almost hysterical Western spoof - far superior to any of its modern-day spoofy peers.

The now (in)famous gun comparing scene is a classic example.

It's the perfect punch in Wayne's face - coupled with his dismal acting and vociferous homophobia - Red River makes him into the joke he was...it's as if everyone is laughing at him behind his back...being too dim to catch on.

The dialogue is a perfect contradiction to this all-action, all-American talentless thick twat - is it becoming obvious that we here at CGiii don't like John Wayne big leggy???

The double entendres are so frequent and in-your-face, that only a numbskull wouldn't catch on. Spot the numbskull?!?

The production team must have been clutching their sides in glee whilst playing about with this re-hash of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' - unintentionally sublime.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train - started off with only two head of cattle. The nearest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won't listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him.

Cast & Characters

John Wayne as Thomas Dunson;
Montgomery Clift as Matt Garth;
Joanne Dru as Tess Millay;
Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot;
Coleen Gray as Fen;
Harry Carey as Mr. Melville;
John Ireland as Cherry Valance;
Noah Beery Jr. as Buster McGee;
Harry Carey Jr. as Dan Latimer;
Chief Yowlachie as Quo;
Paul Fix as Teeler Yacey;
Hank Worden as Simms Reeves;
Mickey Kuhn as Matt, as a boy;
Ray Hyke as Walt Jergens;
Hal Taliaferro as Old Leather

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