Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1954. Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Louis Lantz, Screenplay by Frank Fenton. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Stanley Rubin. Music by Cyril J. Mockridge. Production Design by Addison Hehr, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Travilla. Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.
One of Marilyn’s worst movies is this lame river-rafting adventure that starts with the family life of brutish Robert Mitchum and his little son. Monroe hires Mitchum to track down the man who abandoned her (Rory Calhoun), and the three of them set off down a dangerous river in order to find him. The special effects are painfully outdated, as is most of the film’s attitudes: Mitchum gets angry at his son for wanting to hug him, and protects his home from ‘Injuns’ because even if they were here in the first place, his property belongs to him! The only high point is Marilyn’s song selections, which include ‘I’m Gonna File My Claim’, ‘Down In The Meadow’, ‘One Silver Dollar’ and the title song.