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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13 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Bend of the Snake  »

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1.37 : 1
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In Finland this film is called "Maa vuorten takana", meaning "The Land Behind the Mountains" in English. See more »


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 »


Jeremy Baile: Good country, Glyn.
Glyn McLyntock: Yeah, real good country.
Jeremy Baile: Let's hope we can keep it this way. Missouri and Kansas was like this when I first saw 'em... good, clean. It was the men who came in to steal and kill that changed things. We mustn't let it happen here.
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Incredible Scenery
22 November 2005 | by (Portland Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

The plot may be weak even if the action is only decently played out. But what really makes this film, is the landscape. Breathtaking shots of Mount Hood, some taken from near Timberline lodge, others on the White River on the east flank, fed by the White River Glacier. Those of the stern-wheeler trudging up the Columbia River past what is now Rooster Rock State Park, but in those days was just a sandy spot below Crown Point, perched high on the surrounding cliffs. Occasionally where the action takes place at high altitude on Mount Hood, a panorama so vast as to take in most of Oregon in a single frame. Even if you have lived in the area your whole life, the photography will grab you every time you watch Bend in the River.

In case the title doesn't quite make sense, think of life as the places in time and space where you made a turn, just as you would when traveling down a river and once again there is the bend you just passed, or the one you are about to encounter. The old timers saw life in these terms of metaphors, and they had a saying about "going to see the elephant", alluding to seeing something the likes of which no man could even imagine.

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