πŸŽ₯ Rio Grande – John Wayne – 1950

The Story …

In the summer of 1879, “fifteen years after the Shenandoah”, Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (Wayne) is posted on the Texas frontier with the 2nd U.S. Cavalry Regiment to defend settlers against attacks by marauding Apaches. Yorke has just captured the Apache’s leader.

He is under considerable pressure due to the Apaches using Mexico as a sanctuary from pursuit, and by a serious shortage of troops in his command.

Yorke’s son (whom he has not seen in 15 years), Trooper Jefferson Yorke (Claude Jarman Jr.), is one of 18 recruits sent to the regiment. He had flunked out of West Point, but immediately enlisted as a private in the Army …

In a private “father-son” meeting in the commanding officer’s tent, Trooper Yorke informs his father that he does not expect, nor want, any special treatment because he is his son.

He asks that he be treated like any other soldierβ€”to which the colonel agrees. By his willingness to undergo any test and trial, Jefferson is befriended by a pair of older recruits, Travis Tyree (Ben Johnson) (who is on the run from the law) and Daniel “Sandy” Boone (Harry Carey Jr.), who take him under their wings.

Two U.S. marshals from Texas arrive at the post with a warrant for Trooper Tyree’s arrest on a manslaughter charge, but he hides behind the horses and the marshals leave without discovering him.

Yorke’s estranged wife, Kathleen (Maureen O’Hara), arrives unexpectedly to take the underage Jefferson home by buying him out of his enlistment. During the Civil War, Yorke had been forced by circumstances to burn Bridesdale, his wife’s plantation home in the Shenandoah Valley.

Sergeant Major Quincannon (Victor McLaglen), who put the torch to Bridesdale, is still with Yorke and is a constant reminder to Kathleen of the episode.

In a showdown with his mother, Jeff refuses her attempt to buy him out of the Army by reminding her that not only the commander’s signature is required to discharge him, but his own is needed, as well, and he chooses to stay in the Army.

The struggle over their son’s future (and possibly the attentions shown to her by Yorke’s junior officers) rekindles the romance the couple once felt for each other.

The story unfolds …

“A Wayne classic! …”

Credits :

  • Directed by : John Ford
  • Screenplay by : James Kevin McGuinness
  • Based on : Mission With No Record 1947 story Saturday Evening Post by James Warner Bellah
  • Produced by : Merian C. Cooper and John Ford
  • Cinematography : Bert Glennon
  • Edited by : Jack Murray
  • Music by : Victor Young
  • Production Companies : Republic Pictures and Argosy Pictures
  • Distributed by : Republic Pictures
  • Release Date : November 15, 1950

Cast :

  • John Wayne as Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke
  • Maureen O’Hara as Kathleen Yorke
  • Ben Johnson as Trooper Travis Tyree
  • Claude Jarman Jr. as Trooper Jefferson Yorke
  • Harry Carey Jr. as Trooper Daniel “Sandy” Boone
  • Chill Wills as Dr Wilkins, Regimental Surgeon
  • J. Carrol Naish as General Philip Sheridan
  • Victor McLaglen as Sergeant Major Quincannon
  • Grant Withers as Deputy Marshal
  • Sons of the Pioneers as the Regimental Singers
  • Peter Ortiz as Captain St. Jacques
  • Steve Pendleton as Captain Prescott
  • Karolyn Grimes as Margaret Mary
  • Alberto Morin as Mexican Lieutenant
  • Stan Jones as Sergeant
  • Fred Kennedy as Trooper Heinze

Film Information :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Grande_(1950_film)

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