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John Wayne, in the first of five films he made with Howard Hawks, and Montgomery Clift in his first film, period, Red River (1948)

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foreign poster for Red River (1948). It was John Wayne’s first blockbuster hit, the first of many.

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original poster for Red River (1948)

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John Wayne as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948).   John was first seen on the screen in 1926, and he had his first screen credit in 1929.  Red River was his first blockbuster hit.  He would have two more blockbusters with Howard Hawks – Rio Bravo and Hatari.

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foreign flyer for Red River (1948)

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publicity still for Red River (1948) with Walter Brennan, John Wayne and Mickey Kuhn, mis-identified as a Raoul Walsh film, and not a Howard Hawks film.

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Montgomery Clift as Matthew Garth in a publicity still for Red River (1948).  It was his first work in film, but because of lengthy post production, The Search (1948) was Monty’s first film to be released.

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foreign flyer for Red River (1948)

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Harry Carey Jr as Dan Latimer in an original publicity still for Red River (1948).  His father was also in Red River, as Mr Melville.

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Walter Brennan, John Wayne and Mickey Kuhn in an autographed publicity still for Red River (1948)

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John Ireland as Cherry Valance in a screencap from Red River (1948).  Howard Hawks didn’t like John’s behavior on location so he did his best to minimize Ireland’s presence in the film.

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Montgomery Clift gives John Wayne a light in Red River (1948).

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foreign posters for Red River (1948)

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Headlines of the Aug 20, 1948 issue of the Hollywood Reporter on the legal dispute between Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks over a scene Hawks allegedly borrowed from The Outlaw for Red River (1948).  The film didn’t open until Aug 26.

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Red River premiered Aug 26, 1948 in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  It was Howard Hawks’ 32nd film.