River of No Return (1954)
In this western having for spectacular backdrop the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Marilyn played a saloon singer.
Marilyn arrived in Jasper by train from Vancouver. She stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel.
Hostility reigned on the set when the director Otto Preminger and Marilyn opened a war of attrition.
Preminger made clearly understood that he worked on this movie only because he owed it, with his contract, to the Fox; Darryl Zanuck painted the new cinemascope in glowing colours for him, and some critics noticed that Preminger wanted more to shot the spectacular landscape than wresting a dramatic interpretation from his actors.
Physically, it was a very demanding part for Marilyn, a big part of the action implying to make the protagonists falling in the river at the time of the crossing of its frightening rapids.For these scenes, Marilyn had to be soaked with water buckets for the link shots.
insisted on his actors to make themselves their stunts, which had some
consequences. Thus, the raft of Marilyn and her partner Robert Mitchum remained blocked in the rapids, and they needed to be rescued.
In this movie, Marilyn had to sing 4 songs of Ken Darby and Lionel Newman, and she tirelessly rehearsed "One Silver Dollar", "I'm Gonna File my Claim", "Down in the Meadow" and the title-song "River of No Return", until reaching the perfection.The summer when the film was released, the RCA sold more than 75 000 records of "I'm Gonna File my Claim" in only 3 weeks.
joined Marilyn, notably because she had had an accident : during the
shooting, she had fallen from the raft in the Athabasca river. A local
doctor diagnosed a possible sprain; the studio doctors didn't see
anything serious, but Marilyn insisted on wearing a bandage, and for
few days, she limped slightly with crutches, posing for the press.
The 2 last weeks of the shooting,
Back to Los Angeles to work in studio, Marilyn turned her tricks to good account to gain time, often refusing to get out of her dressing-room for hours.
With a blanket ,, (more pics here).
White top and scarf
White sweater and denim
with Whitey Snyder ,;-,;
red and gold dress
The costumes were deisgned by William Travilla. The fitting took place at the beginning of June 1953.
Twentieth Century-Fox, Cinemascope and Technicolor
Runtiime : 91 mn
Release date : April 30, 1954.
Directors : Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco (uncredited)
Productrr : Stanley Rubin
Screenplay : Frank Fenton, Louis Lantz (plot)
Director of photography : Joseph LaShelle
Film editing : Louis R. Loeffler
Music : Cyril J. Mockridge, Lionel Newman (songs)
Robert Mitchum - Matt Calder
Marilyn Monroe - Kay Weston
Rory Calhoun - Harry Weston
Tommy Rettig - Mark Calder
Murvyn Vye - Colby
Douglas Spencer - Benson.
Ed Hinton - gambler
Don Beddoe - Ben
Jack Mather - dealer at card table
Edmund Cobb - town barber
Will Wright - trader
Jarma Lewis - saloon dancer
Hal Baylor - young punk.
Chester L. Bayhi - set decoration
Jack Cole - choregrapher
Ken Darby - vocal director
Bernard Freericks - sound
Addison Hehr - art director
Paul Helmick - assistant director
Roger Heman - sound
Ray Kellogg - special effects
Charles LeMaire - wardrobe director
Lionel Newman - musical director
Ben Nye - make up
Edward B. Powell - orchestrator
Walter M. Scott - set decoration
Lyle R. Wheeler - art director.
Marilyn embodied Kay Weston, saloon singer in a makeshift town, on the way to the gold rush, somewhere in the American North-West. Among her admirers is Mark Calder (Tommy Rettig), a little boy aged 10 that his father Matt (Robert Mitchum), comes to take after having served a prison sentence : he has killed a man, shooting him in the back (a dishonorable murder - we would later know that it was actually to save his friend's life).
Matt saves Kay and her lover, Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun), a gambler, their raft having overturned near his new house, an isolated farm he has purchased to live with his son. By way of thanks, Weston runs away, alone, with Matt's only horse in a wild ride, to join the town and make register the gold concession he has won by gambling. Unfortunately, the farm is soon besieged by an Indian warriors horde, and the river is the only solution.Matt, Kay and Mark have to face the torrent rapids, the hostile Indians and the outlaws. Matt is annoyed to have the charge of a woman, while he's fighting for his own life and his son's one, all the more it's because of Kay's friend that they are in a fix.
Everything isn't fine yet between Kay and Matt. She gets ready to get back to her work as saloon singer, but Matt throws her, in a manly way, on his shoulder and persuades her to live with him and his son.