Classic Film Club

Red River

Red River

Source of Film

The Saturday Evenining Post, 12/21/46

Borden Chase (1900-1971) started out as a driver for New York City gangster Frankie Yale.   But when his memoir about working in a digging crew for the Holland Tunnel was made into a 1935 movie, he changed his name, moved to Hollywood and became a writer.

His short story Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1946.   It became his 16th film and the only one for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Producer Detail

Howard Hawks (c1932)

Movie Rating

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Film Run-time and Synopsis

2 hours, 7 minutes

A Texas cattle rancher, broke from the loss of his market after the Civil War, decides to make a desperate attempt to drive his cattle over a thousand miles to the end of the rail lines in Missouri. John Wayne and Montgomery Clift star in this classic directed by Howard Hawks.

Film Comments

A Blu-ray/DVD of the original theatrical version was released by Criterion in 2014.

Film Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


MPAA Rating

No rating

Box Office Ranking

  • 1948 Domestic Box Office Rank: #3U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

  • (Adjusted Gross in $millions)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $43.8mU.S. flag

Location Filming