River of No Return

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Saloon singer Monroe, two-fisted farmer Mitchum, and the young son he hardly knows, may be drifting down-river by raft from both immediate dangers and their immediate pasts, but the thrust of Preminger's only Western consistently forces them to attempt the 'impossible' return: to restart their variously broken lives and reconstitute the 'ideal' family. While Mitchum's performance is excellent, the film holds most interest as an early appraisal of the Monroe enigma: in revealing analogy to the posthumous cult, Mitchum's ability to see beyond her sex symbol/whore facade extends only as far as her fitness for the role of Mother. There really is no return.

By: PT

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Otto Preminger
Screenwriter: Frank Fenton
Cast: Robert Mitchum
Marilyn Monroe
Rory Calhoun
Tommy Rettig
Murvyn Vye
Douglas Spencer
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