Bend of the River [VHS] 
Classic western starring James Stewart. Glyn McLyntock (Stewart) is a man with a past. As he attempts to help a group of Missouri settlers cross the Oregon Trail to the Columbia River Basin, he is double-crossed by Emerson Cole (Arthur Kennedy), the man he thought of as a friend. However, he finds assistance in the form of farmer's daughter Laura Baile (Julie Adams) and San Franciscan gambler Trey Wilson (Rock Hudson).
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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