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« on: August 05, 2008, 03:23:32 PM »


Matt Calder (Robert Michum), who lives on a remote farm with his young son Mark (Tommy Rettig), helps two unexpected visitors who lose control of their raft on the nearby river.

What's your thoughts of this Robert Michum/Marilyn Monroe western?


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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008, 03:00:07 PM »

Not bad, not bad at all, even Monroe was decent though they could have kept her in more tradional clothes those jeans didn't quite look right.

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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008, 05:08:43 PM »

I couldn't swallow Marilyn Monroe in a western, she just didn't belong in the wilderness.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008, 05:16:32 PM »

I couldn't swallow Marilyn Monroe in a western, she just didn't belong in the wilderness.

I actually think Marilyn was a lot better actress than people give her credit for. She's had some good performances on her resume.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008, 05:32:30 PM »

I actually think Marilyn was a lot better actress than people give her credit for. She's had some good performances on her resume.

Well yeah, no doubt about that. But I just couldn't associate her with the west.

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2008, 05:47:18 PM »

Well yeah, no doubt about that. But I just couldn't associate her with the west.

Yeah, you do have a point there. I like her none the less.

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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2008, 07:33:13 PM »

I love Mitchum; I love Monroe. I hate, hate, hate this movie. Why? I haven't time to count the ways, but here are a few of the elements that T me off: annoying kid, awful title song performed in ridiculous context, appalling rear-projection of background river as the raft sails along, lack of a strong villain . . well, it's just not worth my time when there are so many better pictures out there.

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2008, 07:43:39 PM »

I love Mitchum; I love Monroe. I hate, hate, hate this movie. Why? I haven't time to count the ways, but here are a few of the elements that T me off: annoying kid, awful title song performed in ridiculous context, appalling rear-projection of background river as the raft sails along, lack of a strong villain . . well, it's just not worth my time when there are so many better pictures out there.

haha, well jenkins, it's pretty safe to say that you don't enjoy this film all that much.  Afro

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2011, 06:44:09 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047422/

just saw "River of No Return" (1954) on Fox Movie Channel. Starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. 5.5/10

waste of time. I counted at least 5 times where we have to endure Marilyn Monroe's singing; luckily I had dvr'd the movie so I just forwarded through those parts.

It's a shame cuz Robert Mitchum delivered a good performance, as did Tommy Rettig, the young actor who played Mitchum's 9-year old son.

CAST:

Robert Mitchum    ...   Matt Calder
Marilyn Monroe    ...   Kay Weston
Rory Calhoun    ...   Harry Weston (gambler)
Tommy Rettig    ...   Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye    ...   Dave Colby (prospector)
Douglas Spencer ...   Sam Benson (prospector)

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2011, 07:14:27 AM »

I kind of enjoy all of Monroe's assets in this film. As a Western though its not that high on my list. Afro

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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2011, 12:16:09 AM »

I knew there was a topic already. Wink

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2011, 03:04:54 PM »

Preminger for my money is the most overrated director of the classic era, it shows here. It drags, like most of his stuff normally does. The MM perforance scenes are some of the best in the movie. There isn't all that much forMitchum  to do outside of being the somewhat weak working class stiff - he still manages to be cool because he's Robert Mitchum. I don't understand why he would be cast in something like that. They couldn't get Van Heflin?


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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2011, 01:25:57 AM »

I knew there was a topic already. Wink

but it wasn't in the index  Wink

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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2011, 02:16:47 AM »

A 6/10 western.

Preminger is indeed a bit overrated in general. And RONR had indeed too much studio shots and there ain't much of a chemistry between the great as mostly Mitchum and the miscast Monroe. I remember that the look of the Indians was also a bit disappointing.

There was the potential for a much better film. I think the French liked it.

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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2011, 06:23:29 AM »

so let me get this straight: Rio Bravo has one musical interlude (featuring 2 songs) in 141 minutes, and so many of y'all whine about that. River of No Return has, according to my unofficial count, 4 musical interludes (featuring 5 songs) in 91 minutes, and none of you complain?

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