YEAR:  1954

STUDIO:  20th Century Fox

RUNNING TIME:  91 minutes


Available on DVD

Set against the majestic beauty of the great Northwest, Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) is a rugged widower with a questionable past who decides it's time to start a new life with his young son, Mark (Tommy Retting). But their peaceful existence is sabotaged when Matt is robbed and pistol whipped by a cold-blooded gambler Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun). Unexpectedly, Weston's fiancée, Kay (Marilyn Monroe) postpones her wedding so she can nurse Matt back to health.  In his pursuit to exact revenge at any cost, Matt takes Kay and Mark on a treacherous ride down a roaring river, where they're at the mercy of wild animals and a lawless frontier.  Filmed on location in Canada's Banff and Jasper National Parks, and starring a young, beautiful Marilyn Monroe, this thrilling and romantic story is as breathtaking as its scenic backdrop.

My opinion: I actually like this movie a lot. I love to see Marilyn sing and she gets to do quite a bit in this movie. The highlight for me is her performance of "Who's Gonna File My Claim?". This is a different role for her again (not really a funny comedy more of an adventure). Marilyn looks gorgeous whether she is in her saloon outfits or a pair of jeans. I know some people really don't care for this movie but I would recommend you see it yourself then decide. This was the second movie Marilyn made in my home, Canada.

Review: Los Angeles Examiner
"There's no doubt that Miss Monroe means every bit of business that she's required to do in the adventure yarn, but the heavily dramatic elements of the film are just a little too much for her at this point in her acting career."