7.4/10
5,678
44 user 37 critic

Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 1952 (UK)
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel) (as Bill Gulick)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan
Night Passage (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea
Broken Arrow (1950)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome both greedy criminals and the natural elements.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
The Tin Star (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer
Shenandoah (1965)
Drama | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob, James, Nathan, John, Henry and Boy, his daughter Jennie, and his daughter-in-law ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Trey Wilson
...
Jeremy Baile
...
Laura Baile (as Julia Adams)
...
Marjie Baile
...
Cap'n Mello
Stepin Fetchit ...
Adam (as Stepin' Fetchit)
...
Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
Howard Petrie ...
Tom Hendricks
...
Mrs. Prentiss
...
Red
...
Long Tom
Frank Chase ...
Wasco
...
Willie
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1952 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bend of the Snake  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Julie Adams has the female lead in Jack Arnold's Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Lori Nelson, who plays Adams' sister in this film, has the female lead in the sequel to "Creature", Revenge of the Creature (1955). See more »

Goofs

At the base of Mt Hood, the settlers are attacked by a band of Indians that the trail guide declares are Shoshone. Although there were Shoshone (Paiute) tribes in southeast Oregon, Mt Hood is in north central Oregon along the Washington border - too far to the northwest to have been on any Shoshone ground. 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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why haven't I heard of this fantastic movie before?
5 November 2014 | by (Enderby, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Being a huge movie buff, I had thought I had seen every western film ever made with the leading actors of the mid-20th century. We purchased a DVD with 4 old westerns starring James Stewart - "Bend of the River" was the first on the disk. I had never heard of it, but the cast included Rock Hudson and Harry Morgan so I thought it would be interesting at least.

It started out with action right from the start - which really caught me off-guard. I kept thinking to myself that it must get really slow/boring/stupid or something to merit it's lack of public awareness. Not so - this film kept me completely rapt with all its twists and turns.

The writing was incredible - comedy, drama and human angst all combined within a scene and then again, and again throughout the story. You felt you could relate to each character, no matter how minor or repugnant their role.

I am also a history buff with respect to ghost towns and the Gold Rush. What I have read about the real prospectors and the greedy businessmen who preyed on their pursuit of riches only enhances the believe- ability of this story.

Regardless of the goofs, errors or historical/geographical inaccuracies that have been listed within this site - this movie is a real gem.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
kennedys character S_Leone
The mountain in the background davechoquettemariners
Jimmy Stewart's most violent Western? matchettja
Hans J Salter - underrated BillyFisher
A famous fan of this movie! janniklindquist
Missouri Border Raider? bebop63-1
Discuss Bend of the River (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?