Red River (1948)

Feature Film
Directors: Howard Hawks
Writers: Borden Chase, Charles Schnee
Cinematographer: Russell Harlan
Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin
Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey Sr., John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Harry Carey Jr.

Despite the awful, laughably incongruous, light-hearted ending, Hawks’s highly praised western – following Wayne’s psychotically determined cowboy on an epic cattle drive from Texas to Missouri, during which his tyrannical tendencies come painfully to the fore – is, never the less, a divertingly entertaining film with numerous memorable (as well as forgettable) moments. Iain.Stott