Rio Grande (1950) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|John Wayne||-||Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke|
|Maureen O'Hara||-||Mrs. Kathleen Yorke|
|Ben Johnson||-||Trooper Travis Tyree|
|Claude Jarman Jr.||-||Trooper Jefferson 'Jeff' Yorke|
|Harry Carey Jr.||-||Trooper Daniel 'Sandy' Boone|
|Chill Wills||-||Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)|
|J. Carrol Naish||-||Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan|
|Victor McLaglen||-||Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon|
|Grant Withers||-||U.S. Deputy Marshal|
|Sons of the Pioneers||-||Regimental Musicians (as Sons Of The Pioneers)|
|Peter Ortiz||-||Capt. St. Jacques|
|Steve Pendleton||-||Capt. Prescott|
|Karolyn Grimes||-||Margaret Mary|
According to Maureen O'Hara in her biography, "Tis Herself", some stunt men died during the shooting of the film when they fell from their horses during a scene in the middle of a muddy river. Their bodies were never recovered.
John Wayne wore a smaller toupee than usual to make his character look slightly older.
While on location in Moab, the crew brought fifty Navajo up from the reservation to play Apache in the film, accompanied by Lee Bradley, who served as translator. Billy Yellow, one of the Indians selected for closeups, stated forty years later that the Navajo weren't told that they were portraying Apache.
The film was criticized for being too studio-bound and for having too many songs. However, Harry Carey Jr. defended the inclusion of songs as authentic, since cavalrymen did sing on a regular basis.
John Ford was especially irritated when producer Herbert J. Yates showed up on location with fellow Republic executive Rudy Ralston. Pointing out the time (it was ten in the morning), Yates asked when Ford intended to start shooting; "Just as soon as you get the hell off my set", Ford supposedly replied. The director later played a practical joke on the two producers at dinnertime. He hired one of his actors, Alberto Morin, to masquerade as a French waiter with poor English skills. During their meal, Morin managed to spill soup on the men, break several plates, and create a general ruckus in the dining room but Yates and Ralston never seemed to catch on to the joke.
Often described as John Ford's last cavalry Western, as Konnica (1959) was a Civil War drama.
In order to get approval for a film he very much wanted to make, Spokojny czlowiek (1952), John Ford had to agree to Herbert J. Yates, head of Republic Pictures, to make this film, starring both John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Republic believed that "The Quiet Man" would tank at the box office and thought a western would recoup that film's expected losses.
Film debut of Patrick Wayne.
John Wayne's first film with Maureen O'Hara. They starred together five times and would become known as one of Hollywood's greatest on-screen couples.
John Wayne later said he considered the movie a parable for the Korean War. Wayne was in favor of extending the conflict when Chinese forces crossed the Yalu River.
John Ford recycled the stampeding of the pony herd sound effect from Nosila zólta wstazke (1949) for the rescue charge.
The lead singer of the Regimental Singers, who sings "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" to Mrs. Yorke, is played by Ken Curtis, who is well known as Festus Hagen in Gunsmoke. He was the lead singer of the Sons of the Pioneers at the time this movie was filmed.
One of the songs performed in this film, "Aha San Antone" was composed by actress, singer and songwriter Dale Evans, who was also the wife of singer and actor Roy Rogers. Roy Rogers was one time lead singer with the Sons of Pioneers who play the Regimental Singers.
Ben Johnson (Tyree) and Victor McLaglen (Quincannon) had the same character names in both this film and Nosila zólta wstazke (1949). The oddity is in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"--released before this one-- Johnson was an older Sergeant (who had also formerly been a Confederate Captain) and McLaglen was also older, but with a lower rank (First Sergeant instead of Sergeant Major).
At 29 Maureen O'Hara was only 14 years older than Claude Jarman Jr. who played her son.
Set in the summer of 1879.
It is unclear whether John Wayne's character in this film (Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke) is the same as in Fort Apache (Capt. Kirby York) at a later stage of his career or not. Although the characters have the same name save for the spelling, the fact that Victor McLaglen plays Sgt.Maj. Quincannon here, but Sgt. Mulcahy in Fort Apache would indicate that Duke's characters are in fact completely different people. Director John Ford often had a habit of reusing names in his films, an example of this is in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) where Victor McLaglen's character shares the name Quincannon with his Rio Grande (1950) counterpart, as does Ben Johnson's character of Tyree whilst Duke's character is completely different.
The film was treated as an exercise by John Ford (Harry Carey Jr. called it one of the director's "vacation pictures"). The budget was half of the production costs for Fort Apaczów (1948), and no one, Ford included, seemed to take the project very seriously.
"Rio Grande" was made by John Ford for Republic Pictures in order for the studio to finance "The Quiet Man," which was much more expensive, since it was filmed in color and on location in Ireland.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
J. Carroll Naish plays General Sheridan in " Rio Grande ". During his 225 - film career, this was the only time he played an Irishman. Both his parents were from Limerick in Ireland, and he was very proud of his Irish heritage.
The working titles of this film were "Rio Bravo" and "Rio Grande Command".
Peter Ortiz (Captain St Jacques) was a Marine major in WWII serving in the OSS in France. Prior to that he was in the French Foreign Legion He was the most decorated Marine in that war. Among the medals won by Ortiz were the French Legion of Honor and the Navy Cross. His character Captain St Jacques appears to be wearing the French Legion of Honor on his uniform.
Some aspects of the story, notably the regiment's crossing into Mexico, and undertaking a campaign there, loosely resemble the expedition conducted by the 4th Cavalry Regiment (United States) under Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie in 1873
At the dinner with General Sheridan, John Wayne's character is wearing the Medal of Honor.
Of all the shooting locations listed, none are near or on the Rio Grande. It flows only in Colorado, New Mexico & Texas.
Opening credits: Many of the incidents and, except where true names are intentionally used, all of the characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any resemblance, between such events and characters, and actual events or persons is coincidental.