Montgomery Clift - Matthew Garth, Red River (1948)
Mutiny On The Bounty on the Chisholm Trail, with Clift as Fletcher Christian to John Wayne’s Captain Bligh. Sensitively good-looking, Clift (in his debut) is a big contrast to the chunky, down-to-earth Wayne.
Hawks made him play up to it, getting him to “underplay his scenes with a pensive cool” (Variety critic Todd McCarthy). Clift is visibly learning on the job and making Wayne up his game, too.
Greatest Moment: Facing down Wayne when the boss wants to hang two deserters from the drive.
Also See: Robert E Lee Prewitt (From Here To Eternity), Dr John Cukrowicz (Suddenly, Last Summer).