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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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$2,195,000 (estimated)
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Marilyn Monroe's only starring role in a Western. She had an uncredited supporting role in the Western comedy "Ticket to Tomahawk" (1950). See more »

Goofs

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

Matt Calder: It depends on whose ox gets gored.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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River of No Return
(uncredited)
Performed by Robert Mitchum
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Music by Lionel Newman
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Great movie, Classic Western, Classic, and best, Monroe
15 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just love this movie, except for that one scene (everybody knows which one). It's a very good venue for Mitchum and perhaps the best Monroe ever had. Really great actors make you forget that they are either actors or stars. These two do that quite well in spite of a loosely written script and a bit too much sweetness in the person of the boy. I think I love this movie as much for the fact that someone finally let Monroe act as I do for the fun of watching it. She did a good job of bringing her character, rather than Marilyn, to the screen. I enjoyed the scenes between her and the boy. She was very believable as a nurturing, protective figure. She would have done well as an actress. This movie is just a small sample.. Lonestar


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