Rio Grande
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John Wayne stars as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, whose devotion to duty has cost him his marriage to his beloved Kathleen (Maureen O'Hara). Yorke gets word that his son, Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.) -- whom he hasn't seen in 15 years -- has been dropped as a cadet from West Point, and that he lied about his age to enlist in the cavalry, in an effort to redeem himself. By chance, the boy is then assigned to his father's post. Once more, as a function of his duty as a cavalry officer, Yorke must sacrifice his love of family -- he cannot show any preferential treatment to the boy, or exhibit any… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I like it better than the problematic Fort Apache; it's far simpler and more effective."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"a cookie-cutter, spit-'em-out, assembly-line product"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"In this Ford's Western, part of a trilogy that also includes She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wayne gets to play the tough biological and sociological father of his recruits, which include his son."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A minor but enjoyable John Ford and John Wayne collaboration."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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