Bend of the River

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Overview

Anthony Mann's Bend Of The River (1952) was his second film starring James Stewart, following Winchester '73 by a year. It tries hard to emulate that earlier movie, and mostly succeeds despite such distractions as Technicolor and a somewhat too opulent score by Hans J. Salter, and perhaps the multi-layered, knowing irony that laced the script of the earlier movie. On a technical level, however, it is well nigh impossible to complain about this DVD, which has been impeccably mastered. Indeed, this is a better ...
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Overview

Anthony Mann's Bend Of The River (1952) was his second film starring James Stewart, following Winchester '73 by a year. It tries hard to emulate that earlier movie, and mostly succeeds despite such distractions as Technicolor and a somewhat too opulent score by Hans J. Salter, and perhaps the multi-layered, knowing irony that laced the script of the earlier movie. On a technical level, however, it is well nigh impossible to complain about this DVD, which has been impeccably mastered. Indeed, this is a better looking presentation of the movie than one can get anywhere today except perhaps the Universal Studios screening room. The mastering is so clear, that the scenes between Stewart and co-star Arthur Kennedy starting at three and a half minutes in look almost like a beautifully lit broadcast of a live performance, and might be the best Technicolor that this reviewer has ever seen used in a western. The movie has been given a generous 20 chapter markers, all of which refer to a key plot point. The original trailer ignores the psychological side of the plot as well as the characters' complexities, in favor of the action. The only other extras are French, Spanish, and English subtitles and captions, accessible through a two-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up, with the "Play" command in the default position.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Reuniting the star, writer and director of Winchester '73 (1950), Anthony Mann's Bend of the River (1952) explores the psychological "bend" faced by a troubled hero when he must confront his past. In Borden Chase's adaptation of Bill Gullick's novel, James Stewart's McLyntock is a divided man, a former Missouri raider trying to reform himself by guiding a group of settlers through the wilds of 1840s Oregon. The presence of Cole, a former raider gone resolutely bad, forces McLyntock to battle a man akin to his own secret, past self. Shot on location in Oregon, Mann's first Technicolor landscapes become an expressive part of the conflict between McLyntock and Cole, whether on the rough terrain of snowy Mt. Hood or in the climactic fight in a rushing river. Although settling down on a farm or a ranch is the nominal goal of the trip west, the settling is barely seen. Indeed, despite the positive ending, Bend of the River suggests -- through details of dialogue and Stewart's hints at the personal uncertainty beneath his tough, upstanding exterior -- that settling down in a happy valley might be too good to be true for McLyntock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • UPC: 025192262425
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,856

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Glyn McLintock
Arthur Kennedy Emerson Cole
Julie Adams Laura Baile
Rock Hudson Troy Wilson
Lori Nelson Margie Baile
Jay C. Flippen Jeremy Baile
Henry Morgan Shorty
Stepin Fetchit Adam
Chubby Johnson Capt. Mello
Howard Petrie Tom Hendricks
Frances Bavier Mrs. Prentiss
Jack Lambert Red
Royal Dano Long Tom
Frank Chase Wasco
Frank Ferguson Don Grundy
Gregg Barton Miner
Denver Dixon Extra
Donald Kerr Barker
Cliff Lyons Willie
Philo McCullough Prospector
Lillian Randolph Aunt Tildy
George Taylor Prospector
Britt Wood Roustabout
Dal McKennon
Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Irving Glassberg Cinematographer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Nathan Juran Art Director
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Hans Salter Score Composer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:31]
2. Second Chance [3:11]
3. Cheyenne Country [5:26]
4. Indians! [6:35]
5. Wagons Roll! [3:30]
6. Welcome to Portland [8:11]
7. Bad Deal [1:39]
8. All Aboard! [4:52]
9. Winter's Coming [1:58]
10. Trouble in Town [2:50]
11. Old Friends [7:51]
12. Running From Hendricks [6:22]
13. Escape Over the Hills [4:30]
14. Ambush [1:34]
15. Rebellion [4:06]
16. Hostile Takeover [8:21]
17. Where's Red? [5:41]
18. Get McLyntock [5:51]
19. Cross the River [5:16]
20. Welcome Home [1:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
            English
      Subtitles
         Español
         Français
   Theatrical Trailer
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bend of the River

    I cannot really comment on the movie. The viewer should be aware that this is not a widescreen release. It has been altered, as the saying goes, to fit your screen (a screen that you probably no longer own). I watched about thirty minutes and found the dialog and situations laughable, I'm sorry to say. For a good Western from this period I recommend Winchester 73, The Furies, The Searchers, or especially High Noon, which still hasn't dated, in my opinion, and is not only a fine Western but one of the best movies of any kind from this period.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Western!

    In my opinion this is James Stewart's best western. Great plot, acting, good ethical story about the human ability to change. Probably my favorite western film. Great movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Stewart-Mann collaborations!

    The 1950's were a great decade for James Stewart and Anthony Mann and this picture definitely shows why. Stewart made a great career move portraying more hard-nosed roughened up characters during the 1950's westerns. He shows his versatility as a great actor in this film becoming the top box office draw during the '50's. A wonderful film with a wonderful cast, director, scenery, and wonderful monologue (''I'll be seeing you...'') by Stewart after he is roughened up and left in the wilderness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stewart's best Western

    James Stewart made right move by work with director Anthony Mann to make 5 best and thrilling Westerns ever made. Bend of the River is their second effort and it's best western ever made. This show why Stewart is top box office draw in 1950s. Stewart play bipolar who had hidden past that will come haunt him. This is great cinema. Go check it out.

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    Posted July 9, 2010

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