Bend of the River

Bend of the River

Anthony Mann (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A trail guide saves a thief from being lynched and recruits him to help guide a party of settlers across the country. Once the homesteaders have reached their destination, the two men agree to go for supplies, but on the way back, the thief plots to sell their goods to a gold-mining camp. Western, starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Lori Nelson, Jay C Flippen and Julie Adams.

Cast & Crew

Glyn McLyntock James Stewart
Emerson Cole 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
Director Anthony Mann
Director Anthony Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: video and DVD