Border River

Border River is a 1954 American Technicolor Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, and Pedro Armendáriz.[1]

Border River
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
Screenplay byWilliam Sackheim
Louis Stevens
Story byLouis Stevens
StarringJoel McCrea
Yvonne De Carlo
Pedro Armendáriz
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byFrank Gross
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1954 (1954-01-06) (Los Angeles)
  • January 1954 (1954-01) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

During the US Civil War, Clete Mattson arrives in Zona Libre, a small territory across the river from the USA. Ruled by General Calleja, it offers sanctuary to outlaws. Mattson wants to buy guns for the Confederacy.



Joel McCrea and Yvonne de Carlo's casting was announced in April 1953.[2] George Sherman was assigned to direct.

Filming began on 3 June 1953, the same day as Universal's The Glenn Miller Story. The two films were the first movies made at Universal for four weeks.[3]

Parts of the film were shot in Colorado River, Professor Valley, and Courthouse Wash in Utah.[4]


  1. Haines, Richard W. (2003). Technicolor Movies: The History of Dye Transfer Printing. McFarland. p. 45. ISBN 9780786480753.
  2. By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to The New York Times. (1953, Apr 16). FOX TO MAKE FILM ON PIER ACTIVITIES. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to The New York Times. (1953, Jun 01). UNIVERSAL CLEARS DECKS FOR ACTION. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
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