River of No Return
Fiction / United States / 1954 / 1h31 / VOSTF
Production : Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Distribution : Théâtre du Temple
Script : Frank Fenton
Interpretation : Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun
Photography : Joseph LaShelle
Editing : Louis R. Loeffler
Music : Cyril J. Mockridge et Leigh Harline
1875, in the Rocky Mountains of the American West. On his release from prison, Matt Calder gets his son Mark back, who has been taken care of by Kay, a cabaret singer. Matt and his son settle in an isolated farm at the edge of a torrent. One day, he saves two passengers of a raft – Kay and her fiancée Harry. But Harry runs away with Matt’s horse. Indians attack the farm. There is only one way to escape for Matt, Kay and Mark : the river.
Otto Preminger was born in 1906 in Austria-Hungary. In 1935, he went into exile in the United States after studying law and philosophy and breaking through the theatre world while working alongside Max Reinhardt. After Broadway, he went to Hollywood where the film noir was at its height. In 1944, Preminger had his first success with Laura, a psychological thriller starring Gene Tierney, who became his favorite actress. She appeared in Whirlpool (1949) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), among other films. These were followed by Angel Face (1952), the western River of No Return (1954), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) with Kim Novak, then by an adaptation of Françoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Anatomy of a Murder in 1959. His following films were less successful. The filmmaker died in New York in 1986.