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some of the men of the cattle drive in Red River (1948) including Hank Worden in the vest and white shirt.  Hank was educated at Stanford and had 222 acting credits in his career, from an uncredited bit in Howard Hawks’ Barbary Coast (1935) through four episodes of the original Twin Peaks as an elderly bellhop at the Great Northern Hotel (1991-92).

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Nadine Groot is upset with Thomas Dunson’s behavior on the cattle drive and makes it known in a publicity still for Red River (1948).

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John Wayne as Thomas Dunson is less than heroic in Red River (1948).

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Walter Brennan, John Wayne and Mickey Kuhn in Red River (1948).  Mickey was born in Waukegan, Illinois and turned 85 in Sept 2017.  Mickey had 32 acting credits in his career, from an uncredited bit in 1932 as a two year old, through three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1957.  Mickey also had bit parts in Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Montgomery Clift made his film debut in Red River (1948) but because of a lengthy post production, Monty’s second film, The Search, was the first to be released.

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Howard Hawks gave Montgomery Clift a twig to chew on to give him something interesting during his scenes in Red River (1948).  He had a similar tactic for George Raft in Scarface (1932) who kept flipping a coin.

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John Ireland as Cherry Valance in a publicity still for Red River (1948).  Howard Hawks did not like John’s behavior as filming began so he reduced the part, giving him only a minimum of screen time.

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Joanne Dru out of costume as Tess Millay in a publicity photo for Red River (1948).

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Thomas Dunson with his adopted son Matthew Garth and his man Friday Nadine Groot in a publicity still for Red River (1948)

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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)