Red River

Directed by Howard Hawks & Arthur Rosson
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Red River (1948) Tom Dunson builds a cattle empire with his adopted son Matthew Garth. Together they begin a massive cattle drive north from Texas to the Missouri railhead. But on the way, new information and Dunson's tyrannical ways cause Matthew to take the herd away from Dunson and head to a new railhead in Kansas. Dunson, swearing vengeance, pursues.


Howard Hawks

Arthur Rosson (co-director)


Borden Chase (Saturday Evening Post story)

Borden Chase (screenplay)


John Wayne... Thomas Dunson

Montgomery Clift... Matthew 'Matt' Garth

Joanne Dru... Tess Millay

Walter Brennan... 'Groot' Nadine

Coleen Gray... Fen (also as Colleen Gray)

Harry Carey... Mr. Melville (as Harry Carey Sr.)

John Ireland... Cherry Valance

Noah Beery Jr.... Buster McGee

Harry Carey Jr.... Dan Latimer

Chief Yowlachie... Quo (as Chief Yowlatchie)

Paul Fix... Teeler Yacey

Hank Worden... Simms Reeves

Mickey Kuhn... Matt, as a boy

Ray Hyke... Walt Jergens

Wally Wales... Old Leather (as Hal Talliaferro)


  • The role of Tess Millay was intended for Margaret Sheridan but she became pregnant shortly before filming. Instead she suggested her friend Joanne Dru for the role.