The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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The striking beauties of the Canadian Rockies co-star with the blonde charms of Marilyn Monroe and the masculine muscles of Robert Mitchum in River of No Return.
One of the first films to discover the potential of CinemaScope and a fine example of Preminger's rational approach to the mysteries of personal morality.
There really is no return.
Director Otto Preminger has thrown all the grandeur and menace of these features upon the eye-filling CinemaScope screen.
Though nicely shot in CinemaScope, this Western is not one of director Otto Preminger's or stars Robert Mitchum's and Marilyn Monroe's strong films.
It's an awfully creaky story but the superb performances and Preminger's amazing use of widescreen make it a must-see.
Marilyn turns in a surprisingly okay performance.
Director Otto Preminger's only western is a simple, frequently charming, and beautifully photographed film blessed with fine performances and great teamwork from Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.
Despite some pretty locations and occasional tension, there's little going on.
Some decent performances, but with this story they didn't have much of a chance.
It's fun watching Mitchum and Monroe heat things up in the Old West; Monroe is at her most luminous as a saloon singer with a heart of gold.
Typical of the genre
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.
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.
marilyn didn't want to make this which explains her sometime stiff performance but when she sings she's luminous and her interaction with robert mitchum and tommy rettig is good. the cinematography is beautiful, make sure to watch it in widescreen.
Love this Marilyn Monroe's Old West film with Robert Mitchum.
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