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Joanne Dru tries to break up a fight between John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948)

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Joanne Dru in a publicity still for Red River (1948)

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Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru in a publicity still for Red River (1948)

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Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru in a scene from Red River (1948)

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Joanne Dru defends herself  and her group in a publicity still for Red River (1948), ranked number one on Goldderby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

None of Howard Hawks’ eight silent films are on the list.  They cannot be evaluated properly as they exist only in poor bootleg qualities, if they exist at all.  Of his silent films, A Girl in Every Port, is his best and most widely seen.  It would have to be considered if the list were expanded to 25 titles.

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Joanne Dru and Hank Worden in Red River (1948)

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Joanne Dru breaks up a fight between John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948).

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