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Montgomery Clift in a publicity still for Red River (1948).  The actor didn’t always appear in their period costumes.  Here the publicity department opted to show Monty in a contemporary shirt and tie, giving him a timeless quality for his film debut.

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jacquesdemys: “ Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948) ”

Howard Hawks gave Montgomery Clift a twig to twiddle, giving him something interesting to do in his scenes as Matthew Garth in Red River (1948).  Similarly, he gave George Raft a coin to flip in Scarface.

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Joanne Dru in a publicity still for Red River (1948).  The publicity department decided to give her a contemporary look, rather than in her period costume as Tess Millay.

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Red River is Howard Hawks’ 32nd film.

Red River premiered Aug 25, 1948 in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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John Wayne and Joanne Dru in a publicity still for Red River (1948).  The following year they reteamed for John Ford in another classic western, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

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father and adopted son in Red River (1948)

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Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot eventually loses his store bought teeth to Chief Yowlachie who becomes Two Jaw Quo in a card game in Red River (1948)

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Ivan Parry as sugar addict Bunk Kenneally is warned by cook Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot in Red River (1948), eventually causing a cattle stampede.

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John Wayne plays older and against type as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948), the first time he really stretched as an actor.  The following year he received his first of two Oscar nominations, as a more routine war hero in Sands of Iwo Jima.

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“We got quitters to bury.” – John Wayne in Red River (1948)