Rio Grande 1950

Rio Grande

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Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (John Wayne) heads a cavalry post on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, defending settlers against Apaches launching raids from the Mexican side of the river. When Yorke's 16-year-old son, Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.) --- who he has not seen since he was a baby -- shows up at the post as one of the new recruits, he treats him more harshly than the others. Things are further complicated when Yorke's estranged wife, Kathleen (Maureen O'Hara), returns to take her son home.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Lt. Col. Kirby York
Maureen O'Hara
Mrs. Kathleen York
Ben Johnson
Trooper Travis Tyree
Harry Carey Jr.
Trooper Daniel "Sandy" Boone
Victor McLaglen
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon
Claude Jarman Jr.
Trooper Jefferson "Jeff" Yorke
Chill Wills
Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)
J. Carrol Naish
Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan
John Ford
Director
James Kevin McGuinness
Writer (Screenplay)
John Ford
Producer
Victor Young
Original Music
Dale Evans
Original Songs
Stan Jones
Original Songs
Tex Owens
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Critic Reviews for Rio Grande

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Audience Reviews for Rio Grande

  • Oct 27, 2011
    Though the least impressive of Ford's three "Cavalry" films, this still is a great film.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    The true sequel to Fort Apache in that you get to see what happens to Yorke and the remaining troops. This is a lot more of a relationship based movie than the other two, maybe that's what makes it so powerful. John Wayne's performance is even stronger this time around and he plays such a timeless character. The father/son storyline is such a classic representation, but so well done that it doesn't feel stale. John Ford truly is the greatest pioneer in film-making and took all the risks and leaps that no one else dared to do.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2009
    The final installment of John Ford's cavalry trilogy, is as intelligent and entertaining as its predecessors. The duke reprises his role as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, the role he first played in Fort Apache, and is rejoined by Ben Johnson who reprises his role his role as Sgt. Tyree from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (confusing I know). Along with other familiar actors from the trilogy, screen goddess Maureen O'Hara provides the eye candy on this occasion, in her first of 5 appearances alongside The Duke. Rio Grande may not be as memorable as the first 2, but it's got all the right ingrediants that make a great western.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2009
    Director John Ford agreed to make this one in a deal with Republic Pictures to secure financing for his pet project, <i>The Quiet Man</i>. Never one to do things half-ass, Ford secured a rather large budget and a top notch supporting cast for his two stars, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. <i>Rio Grande</i> isn't Ford's most popular or most acclaimed film, but it's hard to deny it's prototypical old-west charm.
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