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Red River (1948)

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Red River is a 1948 Western film giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail.  The dramatic tension stems from a growing feud over the management of the drive, between the Texas rancher who initiated it (John Wayne) and his adopted adult son (Montgomery Clift).

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1. . Filmed in 1946 but held for release for two years, in part due to legal problems with Howard Hughes who claimed it was similar to his The Outlaw (1943).

True or False?

2. John Wayne plays Thomas Dunson. He is a stubborn man who wants nothing more than to start up a successful cattle ranch in Texas. Shortly after he begins his journey to Texas with his trail hand, Nadine Groot, Dunson learns that his love interest, whom he had told to stay behind with the wagon train with the understanding that he would send for her later, was killed in an Indian attack. Who played Nadine Groot?

Walter Brennan
George "Gabby" Hayes
Chill Wills

3. Dunson and Groot press on, only to chance on an orphaned boy named Matthew Garth, whom Dunson effectively adopts. With only a couple head of cattle, Dunson and the boy enter Texas by crossing the Red River and Dunson proudly proclaims all the land about them as his own.  Montgomery Clift played the adult Matt. Who played Matt as a boy?

Mickey Kuhn
Mickey Dolenz
Kurt Russell

4. On the way to Abilene, Matt and his men repulse an Indian attack on a wagon train. One of the people they save is Tess Millay, who falls in love with Matt. Who played Tess?

Shirley Temple
Elizabeth Taylor
Joanne Dru

5. Who is reported to have said, "I didn't know the big son of a bitch could act!"?

Ward Bond
John Ford
Thomas Mann

6. This is Montgomery Clift's debut film, but because it was shelved for 2 years, the first film the public saw of Clift was The Search (1948), which he was Oscar-nominated for.

True or False?

7. Who said, "We brought nothing into this world and it's certain we can carry nothing out."?

Dan Latimer
Mr. Melville
Thomas Dunson

8. What is the Westerns runtime?

93 minutes
133 minutes
233 minutes

9. What state's locations were used in the filming of Red River?


10. The film gives August 14, 1865 as the completion of the first cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail. However, the first cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail started and finished in 1867, two years later.

True or False?

Red River
Walter Brennan
Mickey Kuhn
Joanne Dru
John Ford
Thomas Dunson
133 minutes

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