Poster of the Day: River of No Return (1954)

tumblr_mrs65fUkxo1qh35m6o1_500River of No Return (Poster  for the original Polish release from 1967. Artist: Kazimierz Krolikowski)

“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!

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Posted by Dixie Turner

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