River Of No Return (1954)
The 1954 Twentieth Century Fox film "River Of No Return" features Marilyn Monroe singing a
song about a silver dollar but the coin does not appear in the film.
Canadian National Parks of Banff and Jasper.
Marilyn Monroe is an entertainer who has been singing in a saloon in a wild Northwest mining town.
2. Marilyn sings the song, "One Silver Dollar"
One silver dollar
Bright silver dollar
Changing hands, changing hands
Love is a shining dollar
Bright as a church bell's chime
Gambled and spent and wasted
The silver dollar could be a United States Liberty Seated type or a Morgan type.
Tommy Rettig who has been running errands for Marilyn.
The three meet at Marilyn's saloon.
3. Robert meets Marilyn
Rory Calhoun is a professional gambler who has won or cheated a miner of a valuable gold claim.
He wants to go to the county seat to file the claim and needs money, which he gets from Marilyn.
They pass themselves off as married but are not.
4. Rory Calhoun and Marilyn
Harry and Marilyn obtain a wooden river boat and head down the unnamed "River of No Return".
5. Robert and Tommy in their cabin
Dangerous Indians live in the area and Robert has to show Tommy how to survive.
6. Robert teaches Tommy how to shoot
The rifle appears to be a Marlin model 1893, but that does not mean the film is set after that year.
Indians arrive and Robert, Tommy, and Marilyn get onto the raft and head down the river.
7. Marilyn, Tommy, and Robert on the raft
The three spend the days on the river, sometimes riding rapids, and spending the nights camping.
Robert and Marilyn become closer as Marilyn regrets her choice in men.
8. Robert and Marilyn
The budding romance is broken up by an Indian attack.
9. Indians attack
The three fight off the Indians and arrive at the county seat.
10. Arrival at destination
Robert intends to fight or kill Harry, Marilyn visits Harry to warn him, Harry tries to shoot Robert
but is shot by young Tommy.
11. Riding away
Robert Mitchum as Matt Calder
Marilyn Monroe as Kay Weston
Tommy Rettig as Mark Calder
Rory Calhoun as Harry Weston
Writers: Frank Fenton, Louis Lantz