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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of enemies
Bend of the River is in many ways Anthony Mann's `nicest' Western, but underneath the gorgeous Technicolor location work there's a darker side to Stewart's border raider desperate to reform and his relationship with friendly enemy Arthur Kennedy that threatens fireworks to come - and when they do, in the last 20 minutes, there's no problem in believing the depth of...
Published on 8 Nov 2006 by Trevor Willsmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars "The law won't let you get away with this." "What law?"
Disturbing though it is to have to quibble with Trevor Willsmer and Bob Salter, the Lone Ranger and Tonto of the Amazon buffalo plains and Injun reservations, I can't quite see where these glowing reviews are coming from.

This is the second Anthony Mann western I've seen (Winchester '73 was the other) and both have been relative disappointments. Granted the...
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by Humpty Dumpty


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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of enemies, 8 Nov 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Bend of the River is in many ways Anthony Mann's `nicest' Western, but underneath the gorgeous Technicolor location work there's a darker side to Stewart's border raider desperate to reform and his relationship with friendly enemy Arthur Kennedy that threatens fireworks to come - and when they do, in the last 20 minutes, there's no problem in believing the depth of Stewart's rage or the relentlessness of his pursuit. Shot on many of the same locations as the even darker The Far Country, it's still terrific entertainment. Stepinfetchit's role is a little uncomfortable, but compared to the humiliation inflicted upon him in other pictures he's allowed a bit more dignity here than usual, closer to Hank Worden's Old Mose Harper in The Searchers than the racial stereotypes other directors expected.

As with Universal's DVD of Winchester '73, the print quality isn't always quite as good as it could be, but it's an acceptable transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the All Time Great Westerns. Don't miss it, 24 Feb 2007
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Although James Stewart had appeared in the western DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939) he was more likely to be found in some sophisticated comedy or other up to and after WW2. Then he played the former army scout Tom Jeffords in BROKEN ARROW (1950). Directed by Delmer Daves.

Next came his first collaboration with director Anthony Mann in WINCHESTER '73 (1950) filmed in black & white, following the success of these two well-received westerns, James Stewart's and Anthony Mann's second western outing was BEND OF THE RIVER aka WHERE THE RIVER BENDS (1952). Adapted by Borden Chase (script writer) from a story "Bend of the Snake" by William Gulick, this time with the added bonus of Technicolor and the beautiful scenery on and around Mount Hood, Oregon, USA. Although BROKEN ARROW was made first it was released after WINCHESTER '73.

Starring along with James Stewart are Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson and Jay C Flippen. The last two also appeared with Stewart in the aforementioned WINCHESTER '73 Wagon Master Jeremy Baile (Flippen) is leading a group of settlers from Missouri to Oregon. McLyntock (Stewart) is the scout who saves Cole (Kennedy) from a lynch party, both men turn out to be former Missouri border raiders during the Civil War. Along the way they meet Indians, Gold Fever, Treachery and the Forces of Nature.

Made in only six weeks BEND OF THE RIVER turned into a cash machine for Universal and was one of the most successful westerns of all time (Inflation adjusted).

Finally this magnificent western puts the Mann-Stewart partnership second only to John Ford and John Wayne. No matter how often I see this film it remains one of my favourite westerns ever, and still looks fine on this 2004 DVD Release. Look out for the 2006 DVD release of THE NAKED SPUR (1953) the third western in the Mann-Stewart series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NICE ONE JIMMY., 22 April 2008
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james stewart was at his brilliant best in westerns,and this one should not be missed by any western fan.stewart plays a gunslinger who wants to change his ways and gets a job leading a wagon trail over the mountains,the people who he's helping know nothing of his past.
all goe's well until the settlers are not sent their supplies which they had paid for without these they will starve,so our jimmy rides back to the town to get them he manages to get it loaded onto the ferry and they head up river chased by a large posse from the town who were also sold the cargo at a much dearer price due to gold fever.there's bundles of action in this film and a cat and mouse chase right till the end ,the whole cast doe's a great job in this film and i highly recommend it to you all,its the type of film you will never tire of and will view many times sit back and enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bend in the River, 23 Dec 2000
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A great western full of adventure and gunfights. James Stewart always appears to take the role of an extremly convincing cowboy and never more so than in this film. The scenery is breathtaking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stewart on six-gun good form!, 7 July 2009
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This is a great western. Made at a time during the 'golden age' of the genre and long before the ultra close ups of squinting eyes, greasy pock marked faces and buckets of blood which lay a decade or more in the future. Stewart plays a gunfighter with a past trying to redeem himself by taking a wagon train to a new life in Oregon. There's plenty of trouble on the way! The movie has all the required ingredients - hostile indians, difficult country, treacherous acquaintances, a love interest, gold prospecting in a lawless town and even a ride on a mississippi style river boat. Its all there in brilliant colour and cinematography - no complaints on that score. My restored copy is super - colour and sound. On a well set up home cinema system the film is very good indeed. Nearly sixty years old ? The movie could have been shot last week! Great entertainment.
Anthony Mann and James Stewart enjoyed a very successful colaboration making eight films together: three of them non-westerns ('The Glenn Miller Story','Thunder Bay'and 'Strategic Air Command'). Their joint effort was so good many consider their westerns partnership alongside that of Wayne and John Ford. Anthony Mann also rescued the western movie practically single-handed as by the fifties the genre, which had been going since movies were first made, was showing signs of serious wear and tear and beginning to flag and lose popularity in the eyes of the film going public. If you like fifties westerns, you'll like this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Apples Aint Like Men., 5 April 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Having watched this film recently, it reminded me what a very good Western it is. "Bend in the River"(52) is the second in the series of Western collaborations between James Stewart and the director Anthony Mann. The series included "Winchester 73"(50), "The Naked Spur"(53),"The Far Country"(55) and "The Man from Laramie"(55). A very fine series of Westerns that redefined the psychological Western and the use of landscapes to match the mood of the characters. The screenplay was written by Borden Chase who also wrote Winchester and the Far Country.

The story concerns two men, Glyn McLyntock played by Stewart and Emerson Cole played with great flair by Arthur Kennedy. They are both former outlaws having been Missouri raiders. Glyn has gone good, but Emerson remains a rotten apple at heart. When the two assist a wagon train of settlers in Oregon, Emersons true self comes to the surface like the festering "Picture of Dorian Gray". In a climactic fight which unusually takes place in a raging river, Glyn is forced to kill Emerson. He is free to settle down with the very attractive daughter of a settler.

The film is beautifully shot. Not in a prairie location as the Amazon synopsis suggests. Unless I am mistaken Prairies consist of a lot of undulating grasslands and not majestic mountain peaks and glaciers which Oregon most certainly has. The cast is particularly strong. Rock Hudson turns up as Trey Wilson a gambler on the good guy's side. Jay C Flippen plays a settler and the attractive Julie Adams provides the love interest. Harry Morgan also appears as a heavy. Hard to reconcile that with his role in MASH.

This film is ravishing to look at it. It is unfortunately marred slightly by Stepinfetchit's racial stereotype, more in keeping with Harriet Beecher Stowes "Uncle Toms Cabin". This will not endear it to many but it is a minor blemish given the overall picture. I like the scene where the Jay C Flippen character whilst sifting through a barrel of apples hooks out a rotten one and compares it with Emerson. He alludes to his past and being unable to change. Stewart with his own dark past replies "Apples aren't like men". At the films ending, Flippen knowing McLyntock's past is forced to concede that point. It is true we can change for the bad. But it is equally true that we can change for the good. A very enjoyable film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching, 21 Sep 2012
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Bend of the River, directed by Anthony Mann, stars James Stewart as Glyn McLyntock, a reformed gunfighter who who risks his life to deliver supplies to homesteaders after gold is discovered in Oregon. While being attacked from two sides, the towns folk on one side and gold miners on another, McLyntock received unexpected help from a pair of gamblers (played by Arthur Kennedy and Rock Hudson). The film is typical of the westernsd of the era but this does not detract from the commanding performance given by James Stewart. It is a film that I can see myself watching again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars trail to oregon, 3 Oct 2011
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This movie was made in 1952 with Jimmy Stewart and Arthur Kennedy.
in the direction of great Anthony Mann who also made "NAKED SPUR" in 1953 with Jimmy Stewart and Robert Ryan and again took the same pair of Bend of the River and made another wonderful film called "THE MAN FROM LARAMIE" in 1955.This Movie starts with the wagon train going to Oregon Territory from Missouri.
In those days it was so tough on the new settlers to reach the destination,many could hardly make it because of the distance,weather,food shortage and the dangers which lies ahead but they made it-"Result"- Today we sitting in the comfort of our homes and watching the same story on DVD and wide screen TV.-"The Same place where the pioneer's struggled to reach and who laid the foundation with their hard work for us to injoy today.Jimmy Stewart is the Guide in this who had survived a hanging in the past and so on the way saves a man from hanging too who happens to be Arthur Kennedy the villan and a fast gun.Before reaching destination they take a short cut by a riverboat where Rock Hudson a gambler teams up with them and the story goes on till the final shoot out.I like all the westerns of Jimmy Stewart.This Print is good and Iloved the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biscuits, apples and the troubled past., 15 April 2011
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The second of five genre defining Westerns that director Anthony Mann made with James Stewart, Bend Of The River is the first one to be made in color. The slick screenplay is written by Borden Chase from William Gulick's novel "Bend Of The Snake," with support for Stewart coming from Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson & Jay C. Flippen.

Stewart plays guide Glyn McLyntock who in 1847 is leading a wagon-train of homesteaders from troubled Missouri to the Oregon Territory. What the group are hoping for is a new start, a paradise, with McLyntock himself hoping for a new identity to escape his own troubled past. But after rescuing Emerson Cole {Kennedy} from a lynching, it's an act that has far reaching consequences for McLyntock and the trail once they get to Portland.

In typical Anthony Mann style, McLyntock is a man tested to the maximum as he seeks to throw off his shackles and find a new redemption within a peaceful community. Cloaked in what would be become Mann's trademark stunning vistas {cinematography courtesy of Irving Glassberg}, Bend Of The River is often thought of as the lighter tale from the Stewart/Mann partnership; most likely because it has more action and no little amount of comedy in there. But although it's a simple story in essence, it is given a hardboiled and psychological edge by the makers. An edge that asks searching questions of its "hero" in waiting. Can "McLyntock" indeed escape his past? And as a "hero" is it OK to use violence when he is wronged? Potent stuff that is acted with tremendous gravitas by Stewart.

Very recommended picture, but in truth all five of them are really. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Apples aint Like Men", 2 Mar 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bend Of The River [DVD] (DVD)
Having watched this film recently, it reminded me what a very good Western it is. "Bend in the River"(52) is the second in the series of Western collaborations between James Stewart and the director Anthony Mann. The series included "Winchester 73"(50), "The Naked Spur"(53),"The Far Country"(55) and "The Man from Laramie"(55). A very fine series of Westerns that redefined the psychological Western and the use of landscapes to match the mood of the characters. The screenplay was written by Borden Chase who also wrote Winchester and the Far Country.

The story concerns two men, Glyn McLyntock played by Stewart and Emerson Cole played with great flair by Arthur Kennedy. They are both former outlaws having been Missouri raiders. Glyn has gone good, but Emerson remains a rotten apple at heart. When the two assist a wagon train of settlers in Oregon, Emersons true self comes to the surface like the festering "Picture of Dorian Gray". In a climactic fight which unusually takes place in a raging river, Glyn is forced to kill Emerson. He is free to settle down with the very attractive daughter of a settler.

The film is beautifully shot. Not in a prairie location as the Amazon synopsis suggests. Unless I am mistaken Prairies consist of a lot of undulating grasslands and not majestic mountain peaks and glaciers which Oregon most certainly has. The cast is particularly strong. Rock Hudson turns up as Trey Wilson a gambler on the good guy's side. Jay C Flippen plays a settler and the attractive Julie Adams provides the love interest. Harry Morgan also appears as a heavy. Hard to reconcile that with his role in MASH.

This film is ravishing to look at it. It is unfortunately marred slightly by Stepinfetchit's racial stereotype, more in keeping with Harriet Beecher Stowes "Uncle Toms Cabin". This will not endear it to many but it is a minor blemish given the overall picture. I like the scene where the Jay C Flippen character whilst sifting through a barrel of apples hooks out a rotten one and compares it with Emerson. He alludes to his past and being unable to change. Stewart with his own dark past replies "Apples aren't like men". At the films ending, Flippen knowing McLyntock's past is forced to concede that point. It is true we can change for the bad. But it is equally true that we can change for the good. A very enjoyable film.
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