Rio Grande (1950) enters the Olive Signature Collection!

Olive Films is proud to announce its latest addition to Olive Signature, our premier line offering deluxe editions of time-honored classics, fan favorites, and under-appreciated gems from the Olive catalog. This release will be manufactured in a limited pressing of 3,500 units, so act now and preorder your own before they’re all gone!

RIO GRANDE – OLIVE SIGNATURE

JOHN WAYNE
(The Quiet Man, Sands of Iwo Jima, McLintock!)
MAUREEN O’HARA
(The Quiet Man, The Parent Trap, Miracle on 34th Street)
VICTOR McLAGLEN
(Fort Apache, The Quiet Man, The Informer)
BEN JOHNSON
(Shane, The Last Picture Show, The Wild Bunch) 
HARRY CAREY, JR.
(The Searchers, Red River, Big Jake)
CLAUDE JARMAN, JR.
(The Yearling, Intruder in the Dust, Fair Wind to Java)
CHILL WILLS
(The Alamo, Giant, McLintock!)
J. CARROL NAISH
(Annie Get Your Gun, Humoresque, Clash by Night)

Directed by
JOHN FORD
(The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Fort Apache, Stagecoach)

John Ford, the four-time Oscar winner for Best Director (The Informer – 1936, The Grapes of Wrath – 1941, How Green Was My Valley – 1942 and The Quiet Man – 1953) helmed Rio Grande for Republic Pictures in order to have his pet project, The Quiet Man, approved.

YEAR: 1950
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 105 min
RATING: N/A
VIDEO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES

  • New High-Definition digital restoration
  • Audio commentary by Nancy Schoenberger
  • “Telling Real Histories” – Raoul Trujillo on representations of Indigenous Americans in film
  • “Songs of the Rio Grande” – Marc Wanamaker on the Sons of the Pioneers
  • “Strength and Courage” – Patrick Wayne on his father
  • “Bigger Than Life” – with Claude Jarman, Jr.
  • Visual essay by Tag Gallagher
  • “The Making of Rio Grande” – with Leonard Maltin
  • Essay by Paul Andrew Hutton
  • Theatrical trailer

Rio Grande, the third and final installment in John Ford’s loosely-conceived Cavalry Trilogy (preceded by Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon) stars John Wayne as Lt. Col. John Kirby Yorke (the role he inhabited in Fort Apache) alongside Maureen O’Hara (in the first of five films she’d co-star in alongside Wayne) as his estranged wife, Kathleen, a woman set on keeping their son, Jefferson (Claude Jarman Jr., The Yearling), now under Yorke’s command, out of harm’s way.

Filmed throughout Moab, Utah and the majestic Professor Valley – photographed in exquisite gradations of black and white by Stagecoach cinematographer Bert Glennon – Rio Grande offers nuanced observations on love, family, and honor, while firmly adhering to the western genre, showing Ford at his most measured and mature as a storyteller. Written by James Kevin McGuinness (Men of Boys Town) based on the Saturday Evening Post story by James Warner Bellah, Rio Grande features J. Carrol Naish and a supporting cast of familiar faces, many of them from the Ford stock company of actors including Harry Carey, Jr., Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen, Chill Wills, and Grant Withers.