Bend of the River

  • PG
  • Anthony Mann (1952)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Originally known in the UK as Where the River Bends, this is a magnificent western, one of a superb postwar series of films starring James Stewart and directed by Anthony Mann. The series, beginning with Winchester '73, gave new credibility to Stewart's screen image, replacing that gawky lovability with an unforgettable character with a spine of steel. Here, Stewart plays a wagon train scout trying to hide his past, pitted against former partner Arthur Kennedy in a story that takes on the dimensions of Greek tragedy. Watch, too, for an early star-making performance from a young Rock Hudson, who forms a bond with reformed outlaw Stewart. This is a satisfying work, with action sequences and performances that repay several viewings.

Plot Summary

Western starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy and Rock Hudson. Glyn McLyntock saves horse thief Cole Garett from a lynching. A grateful Garett then agrees to join McLyntock, who has been hired to guide a wagon train of farmers on the perilous journey to Oregon.

Cast and crew

Cast

Glyn McLyntock
James Stewart
Cole Garett
Arthur Kennedy
Trey Wilson
Rock Hudson
Laura Baile
Julie Adams
Marjie
Lori Nelson
Jeremy Baile
Jay C Flippen
Adam
Stepin Fetchit
Shorty
Harry Morgan
Cap'n Mello
Chubby Johnson
Tom Hendricks
Howard Petrie
Mrs Prentiss
Frances Bavier
Red
Jack Lambert
Long Tom
Royal Dano
Wasco
Frank Chase
Willie
Cliff Lyons

Crew

Director
Anthony Mann

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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