RIO GRANDE (Theatrical Release USA 1950)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Rio Grande—one of the better films for John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara—surpasses the usual fare of the western genre movie. Due to its skillful weaving of three stories into one, it keeps interest throughout and utilizes well the tension between husband/wife relationships, their relationship to their son, and occupational hazards. Exceptionally well-balanced film that stays on target to its conclusion and delivers classic entertainment for the whole family. Watch for Ken Curtis (from the later television series Gunsmoke) in the Sons of the Pioneers singing group.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


A Calvary soldier works through three challenges at once—Apaches on the warpath, the return of a long-separated wife, and his son’s enlistment in the military.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Ford for directing effort. Thank you to Producers John Ford and Merian Cooper for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (John Wayne), Mrs. Kathleen Yorke (Maureen O’Hara), Trooper Travis Tyree (Ben Johnson), Trooper Jefferson Yorke (Claude Jarman Jr.), Trooper Daniel Boone (Harry Carey Jr.), Dr. Wilkins (Chill Wills), Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan (J. Carrol Naish), Sergeant Major Timothy Quincannon (Victor McLaglen), U.S. Deputy Marshal (Grant Withers), Captain St. Jack (Peter Ortiz), and Regimental Musicians (Sons of the Pioneers). 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This movie works at the classic level. It deserves addition to the family home library, can be watched throughout the years, and serves both the western genre fan and John Wayne fan well.

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