River of No Return

1954

River of No Return

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Director Otto Preminger's only western, River of No Return is set in Canada during the 19th century Gold Rush. Farmer Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) is released from prison after serving a sentence for shooting a man in the back to protect a friend. He arrives in a small town to retrieve his young son, Mark (Tommy Rettig), who has befriended a sultry saloon singer, Kay (Marilyn Monroe). Matt is also friendly with Kay, and thanks her profusely for looking after Mark, but distrusts her paramour, Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun)- a gambler with the morals of an alley cat. Matt and Mark return to their rural homestead, but soon glimpse Kay and Harry on a sinking raft, apparently en route to make good on a gold claim; Matt rescues the two of them, but doesn't count on Harry doing an about face, beating him up, and stealing his horse and gun; Kay stays behind to look after Matt. Meanwhile, the Indians go on the warpath, and the defenseless trio decides to seek refuge by fleeing the farm and sailing down the river on a raft. En route, the son - thanks to Kay's doing - is unexpectedly disillusioned about the father's original crime. Moreover, as Matt approaches town, he begins to plot a decisive revenge against Harry. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Robert Mitchum
as Matt Calder
Marilyn Monroe
as Kay Weston
Rory Calhoun
as Harry Weston (gambler)
Tommy Rettig
as Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye
as Dave Colby
Douglas Spencer
as Sam Benson
Ed Hinton
as A Gambler
Jack Mather
as Croupier
Will Wright
as Merchant
Hal Baylor
as Drunken Cowboy
Arthur Shields
as The Minister
John Doucette
as Spectator in the Black Nugget
Barbara Nichols
as Blonde Dancer
Paul Newlan
as Prospector
Ralph Sanford
as Bartender
Mitchell Lawrence
as Young Punk (uncredited)
John Patrick Veitch
as Young Punk (uncredited)
Larry Chance
as Young Punk (uncredited)
Fay Morley
as Dancer (uncredited)
Claire André
as Surrey Driver
Harry Seymour
as Piano Player (uncredited)
Jerome Schaeffer
as (uncredited)
Ann McCrea
as Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Geneva Gray
as Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
John Cliff
as Leering Man (uncredited)
Mitchell Kowal
as (uncredited)
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