Bend of the River (1952)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trey Wilson
Jeremy Baile
Laura Baile (as Julia Adams)
Lori Nelson ...
Marjie Baile
Chubby Johnson ...
Cap'n Mello
Stepin Fetchit ...
Adam (as Stepin' Fetchit)
Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
Howard Petrie ...
Tom Hendricks
Mrs. Prentiss
Long Tom
Frank Chase ...
Cliff Lyons ...


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 <>

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


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Bend of the Snake  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Glyn McLyntock: So you've decided to stay in Portland.
Emerson Cole: For a while, then thought I would drift on down to California
Glyn McLyntock: Still following that star.
Emerson Cole: Sometimes it's better than having a man with a star following you.
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A good standard Western with pace and period feeling...

"Bend of the River" welcomes the fine blend of a passionate action with intense characterization that had become Mann's masterful specialty...

Stewart (in his second feature with Mann after "Winchester '73") is seen as a reluctant hero, stumbled, brutalized and confused, chasing a personal mission with severe determination, and giving life to the complex moral and psychological forces that drive Mann's heroes...

Vivid as a laconic quiet man driven by betrayal to violent rage, Stewart is a former raider on the Missouri-Kansas border, who guides a wagon train of settlers to Oregon... There he gets double-crossed by associates who try to turn aside necessary food and supplies to gold-rush activities...

Ingenious and malicious, Arthur Kennedy (very much in his element), is Stewart's former companion-in-crime whom Stewart saves from hanging, and helps him fight the Indians on the way to Oregon...

Adroit, insincere, and dishonest, Kennedy turns on Stewart stealing the settler's supplies for a handsome profit but is later dispatched by an irritated and enraged Stewart...

Kennedy has been preferred in Westerns as the more insidious kind of villain: friendly, smiling, charming and smooth-talking on the surface, weak and corrupt underneath... His specialty is the courteous type who befriends the hero and then turns out to be planning something illegal to his own advantage on the side...

Julie Adams is along the ride as a love interest getting short penitence in all the macho interplay...

Rock Hudson is cast as a soft gambling man from San Francisco, adept at cards as well as women, defender of a fair deal, ready to fight beside his friends...

Filmed against a breathtaking Technicolor panorama, with nice music that highlights the action, "Bend of the River" is a good standard Western with pace and period feeling, rolling along to its predictable happy ending, discarding any unwanted characters...

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