River of No Return

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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.


Release details

91 mins

Cast and crew

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