Genre Guesstimation – Rio Grande (1950)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts. We will be reviewing our favorite Westerns set in the “old West” – so, that excludes Contemporary Westerns i.e. No Country for Old Men, Hud, Desperado, Junior Bonner etc.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to oldwesterncat@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Catherine!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Western Movies…

rio-grande“Put out of your mind any romantic ideas that it’s a way of glory. It’s a life of suffering and hardship, an uncompromising devotion to your oath and your duty. ” – Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke

Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Jan 2000 and 22 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A cavalry officer must perform a dangerous mission but the fact that his estranged son has been assigned to his unit and that his former wife has shown up to make him release his son from service makes things much more complicated.

My Take on it – Some times too much of something isn’t the best way to go.

After three consecutive John Wayne Westerns abut the US Cavalry of the late 1800, I think Ford must have gotten tired out by it all because this film veers too far away from the regular cavalry storyline and tries o deal with a sub-storyline of an estranged family and how that affects service of a career army man.

Wayne has great chemistry with co-star Maureen O’Hara and they would continue to share the screen together for 7 other films over the years.

This film has some great action scenes which are choreographed extremely well and when it sticks to the Cowboys/Indians issue, it’s a lot of fun.

Bottom Line – Interesting cowboy story that gets a bit bogged down due to the family sub-storyline. Wayne and O’Hara have great chemistry together.  Some nice action scenes that are choreographed quite well.  Think Ford got all Calvaried out after this one. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Ford was especially irritated when producer Herbert J. Yates showed up on location with fellow Republic executive Rudy Ralston. Pointing out the time (it was ten in the morning), Yates asked when Ford intended to start shooting; “Just as soon as you get the hell off my set”, Ford supposedly replied. The director later played a practical joke on the two producers at dinnertime. He hired one of his actors, Alberto Morin, to masquerade as a French waiter with poor English skills. During their meal, Morin managed to spill soup on the men, break several plates, and create a general ruckus in the dining room but Yates and Ralston never seemed to catch on to the joke. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Has an interesting story, but it veers too far from the main story when it tries too hard to deal with family issues.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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