River of No Return 1954

River of No Return

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After serving a prison sentence, farmer Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) returns to his 19th-century Pacific Northwest gold rush town and retrieves his adolescent son, Mark (Tommy Rettig). Meanwhile, goodhearted barroom singer Kay (Marilyn Monroe) is heading downriver with her boyfriend, Harry (Rory Calhoun), to explore a potential gold claim. When their raft sinks, Harry robs Matt of his gun and horse to continue without Kay on land. Sailing downriver toward the claim, the trio plan their revenge.

Cast & Crew

Rory Calhoun
Harry Weston (gambler)
Tommy Rettig
Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye
Dave Colby (prospector)
Douglas Spencer
Sam Benson (prospector)
Ed Hinton
Gambler (uncredited)
Don Beddoe
Ben (Council City storekeeper) (uncredited)
Claire Andre
Surrey driver (uncredited)
Jack Mather
Dealer at card table (uncredited)
Louis Lantz
Writer (Story)
Frank Fenton
Writer (Screenplay)
Cyril J. Mockridge
Original Music
Lionel Newman
Original Music
Joseph LaShelle
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for River of No Return

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Audience Reviews for River of No Return

  • Mar 13, 2013
    Oh Lord, here we have Marilyn Monroe wearing inappropriate clothing for the wilderness and needing to be taken down river by husky Robert Mitchum. A bit of hokum as a result.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2013
    Its not the greatest adventure Western ever made, or does even much of it make sense, but there's few that have as much charisma as Mitchum and Marilyn all wet on a raft in CinemaScope. First off, Marilyn gets to vamp a coupla tunes for the boys in the backroom, and then its out into the great wide Canadian open. Its fun.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2010
    A western. A Marilyn Monroe flick. Of course I had to see this. And it was just as bad as I was expecting. Now I usually don't demerit a film for bad "special effects" but this was a little absurd. I mean, was I ever supposed to believe Marilyn was on that raft? I don't see how. Awful. And when the Native American comes on the raft only to rip Marilyn's shirt as she screams helplessly. OMFG. Let's get real here people.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2008
    I've seen some of it. Pretty dull.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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