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Monday Movie Madness: Red River

Hello, Posse!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday. I spent time in video chat with my father yesterday. He and mom were going out to dinner later for a bit more celebration.

This blog is going to be short (well, short by my definition). Have you ever had a day that you just weren't in the mood for . . . basically anything. It's one of those days here. I had The Shootist in my notes for today's movie, but the movie poster seemed a bit too familiar to me. I check my blogs and sure enough, I've already blogged about that movie. I had this movie poster on my desktop since I did the blog on the movie Red River Valley with Roy Rogers. So I decided to go with this one instead.

So we will continue with our birthday months celebration of Jon Wayne with Red River. This movie was released in 1948. It was directed and produced by Howard Hawks. The movie stars western legend, John Wayne, and Montgomery Clift with a supporting cast filled with numerous well-known western actors including Walter Brennan, Harry Carey, Harry Carey Jr., John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Chief Yowlachie, Paul Fix, and Hank Worden just to name a few.

The movie is based on a serial story (you know I love serials), Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail by Borden Chase which was published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1946. Borden Chase and Charles Schnee wrote the screenplay for the movie.

The story follows a crew of men hired by a Texas rancher, Thomas Dunson (Wayne), to drive the first herd of cattle from Texas to Kansas on the Chisholm Trail. Along the way, there are disagreements and altercations between Dunson and his adopted son, Matthew "Matt" Garth (Clift) over just how the drive should be handled. This is a very different role for Wayne and makes for an incredible departure from his previous movies.

Red River was not only successful at the box office but was critically acclaimed as well. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and in 2008 the the American Film Institute named it the 5th greatest Western of all time in their AFI's 10 Top 10 list.

Movie Snack Recipe

Where I live, it is difficult to find good crackers I actually like to snack on. This recipe looks so good to me and I cannot wait to try it. Believe it or not, currently I walk about 2 miles to the one store I know in my area that sells good crackers. I do not make the trek often, so if I can find a recipe for crackers I really love (which I am hoping this one will be the ONE), I will be so very happy!

Go to, and check out their Red River Snack Crackers (<--- click for recipe). Be sure to check out the rest of their site while you are there. They have some great information on their site!

Don't worry if you do not have Red River cereals in your area, they give you a substitution in the recipe if you do not. I think these would make a great base for a wonderful charcuterie board. With these crackers, some deli sliced meats (veggie meats for me), a few different cheeses, some fruit and maybe a few veggies . . . yum! One of the more healthy movie snacks I have suggested.

So now you know what time it is, posse! Time to grab your snacks and settle in or another great western movie!



Video Clips

For some reason there was an issue with video uploading today so I am including the links to the clips in case you cannot view them in the blog.

Red River Trailer

Peter Bogdanovich on John Wayne in "Red River"

Red River Movie Clip


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