“ONE THING ABOUT THIS, THE LONGER YOU LAST, THE LESS YOU CARE.” – Kay Weston
A saloon singer with a crooked, gambling boyfriend pair up with a reticent widower and his young son, to make it to safety up a raging river on a rickety raft following an Indian raid. Starring old friends, Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum – directed by Otto Preminger who had, by all accounts a pretty tricky shoot – namely in the shape of Monroe’s acting coach who would give the actress alternative directions, and Mitchum’s drinking problem… Still, the film is a fun, adventure-driven western with a strong and naturalistic performance from Marilyn who, after three blockbuster comedies in 1953, finally got a chance to douse that breathless voice of hers with (presumably) a good shot of whisky. Interestingly, Marilyn later described River as her worst film. I disagree!
Posted by Dixie Turner