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Rio Grande (1950)

US 105m, B&W
Director: John Ford; Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman, Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Chill Wills

rio-grandeRio Grande is a musical western family melodrama set on the Texas frontier about a father and son who are stationed as United States Cavalry to defend settlers against the Apache Indians. Family matters become complicated when the commander’s estranged wife comes to rescue their under-aged son. Unfortunately, the sentimentality of the story, the syrupy soundtrack and corny musical performances are nearly unbearable, in what is otherwise a visually spectacular John Ford film (Klaus Ming June 2014).

One comment on “Rio Grande (1950)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    Definitely the least of the “cavalry trilogy.” The studio made Ford do it, as a condition for them paying for The Quiet Man.

    This is the one with the Roman riding, isn’t it? That’s impressive. Other than that, though, for movies named after this particular river I’ll take Rio Bravo any day. 🙂

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