The Radio Times logo
We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

Bend of the River

  • Drama
  • Western
  • 1952
  • Anthony Mann
  • 87 mins
  • PG

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.

Advertisement
Powered By
IMDB

Review

A star rating of 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.

How to watch

Loading

Streaming

Credits

Cast

rolename
Glyn McLyntockJames Stewart
Emerson ColeArthur Kennedy
Trey WilsonRock Hudson
Laura BaileJulie Adams
MarjieLori Nelson
Jeremy BaileJay C Flippen
AdamStepin Fetchit
ShortyHarry Morgan
Cap'n MelloChubby Johnson
Tom HendricksHoward Petrie
Mrs PrentissFrances Bavier
RedJack Lambert
Long TomRoyal Dano
WascoFrank Chase
WillieCliff Lyons

Crew

rolename
DirectorAnthony Mann
DirectorAnthony Mann

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content