in about 100 words or less
US 105m, B&W
Director: John Ford; Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman, Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Chill Wills
Rio 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).