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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.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Borden Chase (screenplay), William Gulick (novel) (as Bill Gulick)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Glyn McLyntock
Arthur Kennedy ... Emerson Cole
Julie Adams ... Laura Baile (as Julia Adams)
Rock Hudson ... Trey Wilson
Jay C. Flippen ... Jeremy Baile
Lori Nelson ... Marjie Baile
Chubby Johnson ... Cap'n Mello
Stepin Fetchit ... Adam (as Stepin' Fetchit)
Harry Morgan ... Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
Howard Petrie ... Tom Hendricks
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Prentiss
Jack Lambert ... Red
Royal Dano ... Long Tom
Frank Chase 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1952 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Bend of the Snake See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia River, Oregon, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Kennedy was confined to shooting riding scenes until his knee healed, after spraining it while filming the fight scene with Jay C. Flippen. See more »

Goofs

After dropping off a party to cross over Mt Hood, the paddle wheel captain indicated that he was taking the boat back to the Mississippi river. This would entail going all the way around South America. A paddle wheel boat would not be capable of such a journey. See more »

Quotes

Emerson Cole: I'll be seeing you, Glyn.
Glyn McLyntock: You'll be seeing me. You'll be seeing me. Everytime you bed down for the night, you'll look back to the darkness and wonder if I'm there. And some night, I will be. You'll be seeing me!
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Referenced in Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) See more »

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Why haven't I heard of this fantastic movie before?
5 November 2014 | by evelyndanielle66See 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.


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