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Chisholm Film Series: Red River
August 24, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:45 pmFree
The fourth and final movie in our film series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail is the 1948 film Red River. Based on Borden Chase’s novel The Chisholm Trail, John Wayne portrays Thomas Dunson, a headstrong frontiersman who, with his longtime partner Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan), abandons a westbound wagon train in 1851 to make his future as a rancher in Texas. Dunson informally adopts a young orphan (Mickey Kuhn) and over the next 14 years he builds up one of the largest ranches in the entire state of Texas. The Civil War has taken all of the money out of the South, so Dunson is unable to sell any beef in Texas and decides to move his large herd to Missouri over 1,000 miles alway through territory controlled by border gangs and Indians who have picked off what the gangs missed. Dunson is not above killing anyone who challenges his authority on the drive. His son Matthew steps in and takes the herd from Dunson and heads toward Kansas. (Runtime: 133 minutes)