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Bend of the River (1952)




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Movie Info

In this film, James Stewart stars as a former outlaw, now working as trail guide for a group of Oregon-bound farmers. He is aided in this endeavor by a far-from-reformed horse thief. Upon arriving in Portland, Stewart gets in the middle of a scam operated by trader Howard Petrie.


James Stewart
as Glyn McLyntock
Julie Adams
as Laura Baile
Arthur Kennedy
as Emerson Cole
Rock Hudson
as Trey Wilson
Jay C. Flippen
as Jeremy Baile
Chubby Johnson
as Cap'n Mello
Howard Petrie
as Tom Hendricks
Frances Bavier
as Mrs. Prentiss
Royal Dano
as Long Tom
Frank Ferguson
as Don Grundy
Philo McCullough
as Prospector
Lillian Randolph
as Aunt Tildy
George Taylor
as Prospector
Britt Wood
as Roustabout
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Critic Reviews for Bend of the River

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Bend of the River should draw no complaints from western fans and movie goers in general.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Part of the growing breed of oaters that added psychological underpinnings to the usual shoot-'em-up antics.

April 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's like Stewart was pouring every negative emotion he felt over the past ten years into one moment.

July 5, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Against Mann's splendors, as always, lie the elusiveness of civilization, the flux of alliances, and the purgative wrestling of warriors

April 6, 2010 | Full Review…

The screenplay keeps the simple tale moving at a furious clip.

July 7, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

One of five masterful Westerns Anthony Mann made with James Stewart.

January 17, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bend of the River

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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.

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Furious! One great western. Apparently, the road to redemption involves kicking all kinds of ass.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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