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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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Glyn McLyntock
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Trey Wilson
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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 ...
Red
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Long Tom
Frank Chase ...
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Cliff Lyons ...
Willie
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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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Trivia

The last film in which James Stewart had his own hair. See more »

Goofs

The heroes pass the same large, flat, rock formation twice during the trek with supplies. See more »

Quotes

Glyn McLyntock: I thought we were out of Cheyenne country. What do you make of that?
Emerson Cole: Shoshoni. Real mean when they want to be. Lately, they want to be.
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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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