She is not very convincing in the dramatic scenes. As their journey continues, Kay and Matt become closer. Although it seemed she always played the same role, Monroe occasionally ventured into different genres. They're kind of forced to because the Indians are on the warpath. She played with that crotch panel a lot during that scene. With River Of No Return you find her in her one and only western.
This caused the studio to increase the budget and prestige of this movie but unfortunately they didn't improve the script. The entire movie should have been filmed on location and the writing could have used some polishing. Does he take it too far? She'd already proven that she could sing in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but they didn't think that she could handle the few unchallenging saloon songs here? In an apparently romantic move, Matt the man who tried to force himself on her! Eric's correct that this was Marilyn's only period Western, however both Bus Stop and The Misfits are set in the West and feature cowboys. But only three from the album made it into the final edition. She begs him to just speak to Matt honestly, and save them any upset legally or otherwise - instead he heads across the street and shoots at the guy. As for the director, he bought his way out of his contract and became an independent filmmaker for the duration of his career. The movie only works when the scenes filmed on location are used.
Kay asks to speak to him first, while Mark and Matt wait in the general store drinking coffee. I looked in a few stores there and did find these mystical photos. DiMaggio rushed to the set with his own doctor after hearing of the injury and spent several days with Marilyn while she recuperated. Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return. He arrives in a small town to retrieve his young son, Mark , who has befriended a sultry saloon singer, Kay more. In many ways, it's a classically tumultuous relationship. He apologizes to her later and all seems to be fine.
Not being able to afford a horse before making it to Council City to file their claim, the pair decide to raft down the river - when they lose control of their craft in the rapids, they are saved by the Calders'. Kay, worried about the boy, opts to stay behind and take care of him. It's true that this isn't Monroe's finest dramatic performance, but she's not horrible. When I was visiting a few years ago I had this weird memory of my dad saying he loved this picture of Monroe with a horse and another of her hanging off the back of a train. Zanuck had little interest in her career as a serious actress. She is wearing a short skirt and there are no other women in sight. Unsurprisingly, Weston is gambling, not in any hurry to rush back and collect Kay from the homestead where she's supposed to be waiting for him.
Done in cinemascope and 3-D, River of No Return should be seen on the big screen. Their motivation in destroying the homestead is pretty clear - sorry Matt, but tilling a field doesn't actually mean the land is yours - but during other attacks later, their motivation seems to be exclusively bloodlust. Several warriors even dog-paddle out to the raft in one scene, despite the extreme rapids, and nothing to gain but murder upon reaching their destination. Otherwise, she is just playing a variation of her bimbo character cursed because of her good looks. While it's true that her character gets to sing a few songs, for some strange reason the filmmakers decided to dub her voice. Marilyn manages to make a wool blanket look good.
Marilyn Monroe thought her role as Kay, the saloon singer, in the River of No Return was too much a stereotype for her to play. River of No Return is a decent example of a Hollywood Western with a bit of a budget, with some deep unintentional issues racism, sexism running through to make sure you don't forget it was 1954. Of course Jim had a wife Norma Jean at the time and Bob and Dorothy occasionally socialized. The incident is treated more like a misunderstanding than an assault, and Kay stays with them regardless. As for Mitchum legend has it that he and another legendary drinker, Murvyn Vye, killed many a bottle during the long evenings.
Monroe plays a saloon singer who finds herself alone with a single father, Mitchum, and his son after her boyfriend beats and robs the father. During filming, director Otto Preminger reportedly had to deal with the actor's heavy drinking. Still, her rendition of the two-minute song is bluesy, steamy and emotional. He grabs her, they struggle violently - he pins her down and kisses her again. In one of the letters Vachon writes to his wife, he refers to Mitchum as an 'unmitigated jerk'. Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return.
In 1941 before he made his screen debut in a Hopalong Cassidy film, Mitchum was among other things an aircraft factory worker and one of his friends was one James Daugherty. Matt seeks out his young son Mark, played by Tommy Rettig, whom he left in the care of a saloon singer named Kay Marilyn Monroe. Here was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the legions of Marilyn fans worldwide a rarely seen portrait of their idol. First of all, with the exception of some of the obvious rear projection river raft scenes, it was pretty much filmed entirely on location in Canada. That probably helped because during the shooting Marilyn and director Otto Preminger stopped speaking and would only communicate through Mitchum.