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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Stepin Fetchit ...
Adam (as Stepin' Fetchit)
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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 ...
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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13 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Though the film received generally poor reviews, it is noteworthy as marking a turning point in James Stewart's career as he began to play much more violent, cynical and ruthless characters. See more »

Goofs

The way Cole tries to gouge Glyn's eye changes between shots. 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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Good western

James Stewart plays Glyn McLyntock whose job is to lead the settlers west.Emerson Cole, a man with a shady past, is played by Arthur Kennedy.He's there to help Glyn with the job.The settlers are gonna need some food for the winter and soon the other side of Cole steps out.Anthony Mann worked for the second time with James Stewart in Bend of the River (1952).Jimmy does good work as always.Arthur Kennedy is brilliant in his role.The beautiful and talented Julie Adams plays Laura Baile and she does it great.Lori Nelson is wonderful as Marjie Baile.Rock Hudson is a gambler named Trey Wilson and he's terrific.This movie has got the most wonderful scenery.It's great to watch all those wagons travel there towards a better future.This is a good western from 55 years back.The world has changed in that time- and so have the movies.


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