The Rio Grande is indeed a 1950 American romance Western movie directed by John Ford as well as staring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and featuring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Following the two RKO Pictures movies, Fort Apache (1948), as well as She, Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1950), this really is the third chapter of Ford’s “cavalry trilogy” (1949).
Captain Kirby York in Fort Apache, Captain of Cavalry Nathan Cutting Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and eventually promoted Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke in the Rio Grande are all played by John Wayne.
Ford did not even want to produce another Western when Wagon Master was completed. Rather than, he hoped to create The Quiet Man, a romantic comedy-drama set throughout Ireland, with Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and even though Herbert Yates, the studio president of Republic Pictures, kept insisting that Ford initially make the Rio Grande with much the same cast because he did think The Quiet Man’s script was weak as well as the storey is of very little general interest. To counteract the expected losses here On Quiet Man, Yates asked should the Rio Grande be filmed first.
However, When Quiet Man was finally released in 1952, it much outperformed the Rio Grande, generating $3.8 million in the first year as well as earning Yates and Republic Pictures one of its year’s top-10 blockbusters.
The picture will be the first of three helmed by Ford that featured Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in a leading role. The Quiet Guy approached the Rio Grande in 1952, as well as the Wings of Eagles in 1957. McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1964) were further films in which the two co-starred (1971). Patrick Wayne, Wayne’s second son, made his uncredited cinematic debut in this picture.
During the scorching summer of 1950, the picture was shot entirely on location in Moab, Utah. The cast and crew battled the heat. Sets and sets will have to be created in tough conditions, and performers had to dress in heavy historical costumes to execute their performances.