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Past Event Marilyn Monroe: A Look at the Legend – River of No Return (1954)

River of No Return (1954)

River of No Return (1954) Image courtesy Photofest

River of No Return (1954) 91 min. Directed by Otto Preminger. Starring Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig

Mitchum, Monroe and Rettig are abandoned by a cold-blooded gambler Calhoun after he pistol whips Mitchum and steals his horses, forcing them to travel down a raging river on a raft and into confrontations with man and nature. The three refugees, all of them living troubled lives to begin with, have to face the rapids together, and director Otto Preminger’s allegory for individual salvation through unity becomes a stirring family drama. Monroe plays a saloon singer which gives her the chance to sing “I’m Going to File My Claim” in her inimitable style.

Print courtesy of Visual Media Resources, Cocordia University, Montreal, Québec

Complete Series Schedule:

November 12, 2010

Don’t Bother to Knock(1952) 76 min. Directed by Roy Ward Baker

Niagara (1953) 92 min. Directed by Henry Hathaway


November 19, 2010

River of No Return(1954) 91 min. Directed by Otto Preminger


December 3, 2010

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953) 91 min. Directed by Howard Hawks

How to Marry a Millionaire(1953) 95 min. Directed by Dir. Jean Negulesco


December 10, 2010

Some Like It Hot(1959) 120 min. Directed by Billy Wilder
Pittsburgh author and journalist Barry Paris will introduce the film.


December 17, 2010

The Misfits(1961) 124 min. Directed by John Huston

Additional Information

Programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend