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Bend of the River (1952)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Western  |  13 February 1952 (USA)
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

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Jeremy Baile
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Laura Baile (as Julia Adams)
Lori Nelson ...
Marjie Baile
Chubby Johnson ...
Cap'n Mello
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Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
Howard Petrie ...
Tom Hendricks
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Mrs. Prentiss
Jack Lambert ...
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Long Tom
Frank Chase ...
Wasco
Cliff Lyons ...
Willie
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Storyline

Two men with questionable pasts, Glyn McLyntock and his friend Cole, lead a wagon-train load of homesteaders from Missouri to the Oregon territory. They establish a settlement outside of Portland and as winter nears, it is necessary for McLyntock and Cole to rescue and deliver food and supplies being held in Portland by corrupt officials. On the trip back to the settlement, up river and over a mountain, Cole engineers a mutiny to divert the supplies to a gold mining camp for a handsome profit. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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The greatness...the glory...the fury...of the Northwest Frontier!


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While in Portland, Tom Grundy (played by Frank Ferguson) asks Emerson Cole (Arthur Kennedy) "Don't I know you?" In Man of the West (1958), Ferguson--playing the sheriff of Crosscut--asks Gary Cooper the same question. See more »

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Near the middle of the movie, the wagons filled with supplies for the settlement have stopped to "noon" just above the tree line. Just as Glyn rides up to get a cup of coffee, there are a series of what look like power poles or telephone lines at the left side of the screen on the horizon. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy Baile: I don't like that man Cole.
Glyn McLyntock: Why not?
Jeremy Baile: I heard Grundy say he was a raider on the Missouri border.
Glyn McLyntock: Well, lots of people used to raid along the border.
Jeremy Baile: That kind can't change. When an apple's rotten, there's nothing you can do except throw it away or it will spoil the whole barrel.
Glyn McLyntock: Well, there's a difference between men and apples.
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Great Mann western
5 January 2008 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

BEND is one of Anthony Mann's truly great westerns, the tale of a notorious shootist-turned wagon train scout leading a bunch of Missouri farmers to the promised land east of Portland, Oregon. Along the way, he saves the life of another notorious shootist (Arthur Kennedy) who at first becomes his ally and later his enemy. Trouble brews when supplies the farmers are counting on and which they ordered on their trek through Portland, fail to arrive. When Stewart goes back to Portland to see what has happened, he finds the city in the grip of gold rush fever. The supplies master is holding up the farmers' supplies on the dock and wants more money. From this point, it is out and out war. Rock Hudson in an early role as a card sharp joins forces with Stewart and Kennedy against the supplier and his army of thugs. Julia Adams is on hand as eye candy. Shot on location, with Mount Hood in the background, BEND is a truly great western. Some of the supporting cast (Harry Morgan, Royal Dano, Jay Flippen) reappeared with Stewart in Mann's less successful FAR COUNTRY two years later.


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