Red River (1948)

Comparing Guns

Matt (Montgomery Clift) and Cherry (John Ireland) try out each other’s guns in a scene many consider to be Hawk’s referencing either Montgomery Clift’s homosexuality, John Ireland’s physical endowments or both.

Directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.

Released in 1948 by MGM.

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  • character-type: Cowboy
  • character-type: Gay
  • action: Shoot
  • editors-choice: Bromances
  • primary-genre: Classics
  • primary-genre: Action and Adventure
  • primary-genre: Drama
  • primary-genre: Music and Musicals
  • secondary-genre: Classic Country & Western
  • secondary-genre: Classics
  • secondary-genre: Westerns
  • mood: Witty
  • mood: Understated
  • primary-occasion: Night on the Town
  • secondary-occasion: Guy's Night
  • prop: Gun
  • prop: Can
  • setting: Old West
  • theme: Rivalry
  • actor: Walter Brennan
  • actor: John Ireland
  • actor: Montgomery Clift
  • director: Howard Hawks
  • director: Arthur Rosson
  • producer: Howard Hawks
  • producer: Charles K. Feldman
  • cinematographer: Russell Harlan
  • composer: Dimitri Tiomkin
  • editor: Christian Nyby
  • role-name: Cherry Valance
  • role-name: Matthew 'Matt' Garth
  • role-name: 'Groot' Nadine
  • screenwriter: Charles Schnee
  • screenwriter: Borden Chase
  • year: 1948
  • studio: MGM