Bend of the River (1952)
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as Glyn McLyntock
as Laura Baile
as Emerson Cole
as Trey Wilson
as Jeremy Baile
as Cap'n Mello
as Tom Hendricks
as Mrs. Prentiss
as Long Tom
as Don Grundy
as Aunt Tildy
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Critic Reviews for Bend of the River
It's like Stewart was pouring every negative emotion he felt over the past ten years into one moment.
Audience Reviews for Bend of the River
Furious! One great western. Apparently, the road to redemption involves kicking all kinds of ass.
one of the greatest of the stewart/mann westerns. arthur kennedy is really great here as a slippery outlaw with a twinkle in his eye
The second and most visually breathtaking of the Anthony Mann/James Stewart westerns. In this one, Jimmy plays a former Missouri border raider guiding a wagon train of intrepid farmers up to Oregon, where he hopes to bury his past and start a new life as a rancher. Depicting the settlers' journey as the kind of long, hard slog usually reserved for a Werner Herzog movie, it is astonishing how much action and adventure Mann manages to cram into these 90 minutes. The core of the movie, however, is the uneasy but mutually respectful friendship between Stewart and Arthur Kennedy, a fellow border raider Jimmy rescues from a lynch mob.
The script cleverly uses Kennedy, who is much less eager to reform than Stewart, to illustrate the kind of a man Jimmy must once have been, and the crueller side of his nature he is desperately fighting to suppress. The only real weakness here is Rock Hudson's character, a callow professional gambler standing at a crossroads between a virtuous or a wicked path in life (Stewart's or Kennedy's). I can see why he's in the picture but he's not really given anything to do, and you'll notice that Hudson is always conveniently out of the way whenever Stewart and Kennedy butt heads, presumably to defer his taking of a side for as long as possible.
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