Red River

John Wayne leads a cattle drive in Red River (1948).

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Red River

John Wayne leads a cattle drive in Red River (1948).

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Joanne Dru and John Wayne are two thirds of another Howard Hawks triangle in Red River.  The third part was Montgomery Clift as Wayne’s adopted son.

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Joanne Dru uses a pistol to break up the fight between John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948).

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Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot in an original publicity still for Red River (1948).

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Thomas Dunson teaches young Matthew Garth a lesson while Nadine Groot watches in Red River (1948).

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Montgomery Clift made his film debut as John Wayne’s adopted son Matthew Garth in Red River (1948), but because of lengthy post production, The Search was his first film released.

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Margaret Sheridan in a publicity still for Red River (1948).  She was Howard Hawks’ first choice as Tess Millay, but she withdrew when she became pregnant.

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Montgomery Clift is John Wayne’s adopted son Matthew Garth, and Walter Brennan is Nadine Groot, his long suffering companion, and cook on the cattle drive, in Red River (1948).

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Howard Hawks directing Joanne Dru on the set of Red River (1948).  That appears to be Margaret Sheridan next to Joanne, Hawks’ first choice for Tess Millay.

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Howard Hawks with Joanne Dru and Margaret Sheridan.  Margaret was the first choice for Tess Millay in Red River (1948) but she had to withdraw because she was pregnant, and giving Joanne her big break.  Margaret eventually starred in Howard Hawks’ The Thing (1950), but Hawks thought she lost some spark with her motherhood.

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Howard Hawks on location filming Red River (1948) with John Wayne and Joanne Dru.

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Howard Hawks gives Joanne Dru a light between takes of Red River (1948).

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Howard Hawks tales a break with Joanne Dru from filming Red River (1948) in various Arizona locations, including Old Tucson.

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Howard Hawks on location filming Red River (1948).