Red River is the 1948 black & white Howard Hawkes western starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift as a father and adopted son at odds about most things, but principally, how to best devise a cattle drive from the Red River Texas ranch to Abilene, Kansas with all kinds of unpleasant surprises along the way, and thus establishing the Chisholm Trail. The film also stars Walter Brennen, Joanne Dru, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey Sr. and Jr., John Ireland and Noah Beery, Jr. This is an epic John Wayne western nominated for 2 Academy Awards.
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Resources for Red River:
- Duke in His Own Words: John Wayne’s Life in Letters, Handwritten Notes and Never-Before-Seen Photos Curated from His Private Archive by Editors of the Official John Wayne Magazine and Ethan Wayne
- John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman
- Montgomery Clift: The Revealing Biography of a Hollywood Enigma by Maurice Leonard