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Bend of the River [VHS] [1952]

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson, Jay C. Flippen
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Writers: Borden Chase, William Gulick
  • Producers: Aaron Rosenberg, Frank Cleaver
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R7B4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,290 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2006
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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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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Based on the novel "Bend of the Snake", a man with a past James Stewart guides a band of pioneers from Missouri over the Oregon Trail to a new life in the Columbia River Basin in this western adventure directed by Anthony Mann. With Julia Adams, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Jay C Flippen, Henry Morgan and Lori Nelson. Good all round western entertainment. 89 min, PAL, Regions:2,4
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2009
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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.
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