The Rio Grande is a 1950 American romance Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. This is the third installment of Ford’s ‘cavalry trilogy,’ following the two RKO Pictures films Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949).
John Wayne portrays Captain Kirby York in Fort Apache, Captain of Cavalry Nathan Cutting Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke in the Rio Grande. When Wagon Master was finished, Ford had no desire to make another Western. Rather, he planned to make The Quiet Man, a romantic comedy-drama set in Ireland with Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and despite Herbert Yates, Republic Pictures’ studio president.
Ford insisted on making the Rio Grande with the same ensemble because he thought The Quiet Man’s script was weak and the story was uninteresting to the general public. On Quiet Man, Yates wondered if the Rio Grande should be filmed first to offset the predicted losses.
Quiet Man, on the other hand, far surpassed the Rio Grande when it was ultimately released in 1952, grossing $3.8 million in its first year and earning Yates and Republic Pictures one of the year’s top-10 hits.
The film will be the first of three directed by Ford, and it will star Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne. The Quiet Guy and the Wings of Eagles both neared the Rio Grande in 1952 and 1957, respectively. Other films in which the two co-starred include McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1964). (1971). Patrick Wayne, Wayne’s second son, made his film debut uncredited in this film.
The film was shot entirely on location in Moab, Utah, during the blazing summer of 1950. The cast and crew faced the scorching temperatures. Sets and sets had to be built in difficult circumstances, and performers had to dress in heavy period costumes to perform.
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