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Bend of the River (1952)

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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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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15 April 1952 (Argentina)  »

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Studio executives were unsure if British audiences would understand the title and changed the syntax to "Where the River Bends." See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, while camped very close to the base of what is obviously Mt Hood, Jimmy Stewart's character says they are heading for a place 150 miles east of Portland. Mt Hood is only 50 miles east from Portland. Not only that, but they go through Portland on their way to their settlement. See more »

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Glyn McLyntock: Always point this (the wagon tongue) toward the North Star. Then come morning, we'll know where we're going.
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Stewart, Adams & Mann: A Good Combination
20 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Now that this is out on DVD, I hope to be able to view this on a better format: widescreen and a clearer prettier transfer. As with many westerns, there is a lot to like visually. That includes Julia Adams, who plays one of the leads: "Laura Baile." Adams was a decent actress and had a very pretty face. I wonder why she never made it as a "star?"

Overall, this classic-era western has a pretty good story, a good cast led by James Stewart, and enough action to keep ones interest for the hour-and-a-half. I enjoyed most of the characters. Arthur Kennedy, Jay C. Flippen, Rock Hudson, Lori Nelson, Stephin Fetchit and Henry Morgan all comprise a well-known cast.

My only complaint was the "Rambo mentality," with two scenes in which good-guy Stewart should have been easily shot, but wasn't. In summary, pretty good storytelling and one to have in your collection if you are a fan of westerns, especially when Anthony Mann is the director. He and Stewart teamed up on several very good westerns in their day, and this is one of them.


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