There have been many classic westerns but this Hawks masterpiece certainly ranks among the best of the genre. Along with Ford's MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, it's probably the best of all the 1940s westerns--an unforgettable sweeping spectacle with the kind of grandeur few westerns achieved.
Wayne, as Tom Dunson, is shown as a young, determined man at the opening of RED RIVER, taking his wagon out of the line of a train heading west. He and his companion Groot (Brennan) intend to head south, toward Texas and the Red River, leaving behind Tom's sweetheart Fen (Gray). When Tom and Groot
see black smoke trailing behind them in the distance, they know that Indians have att...