Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama
The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
During post-production, Otto Preminger departed for Europe, leaving editor Louis R. Loeffler and Stanley Rubin to complete the film. Jean Negulesco was called in to film a few retakes. The dailies reconfirmed Rubin's belief that Preminger had been the wrong choice for the project. He felt the director had failed to capture the Western aura, had ignored key elements in the plot, and had badly directed action sequences, leaving them looking staged and static. In several cases, studio and location shots didn't match.
Next time you try anything like that, I'll forget you're a woman.
After making it down the rapids, where previously we have seen Ms Monroe's clothes clinging soaking wet, the very first shot on still water she is all clean and dry and ironed. The same is true for Michum.
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