Bend of the River

Movie Details

DirectorAnthony Mann
Key CastJames Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson
MPAA RatingApproved
Film TypeColor
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James Stewart Stars in this Classic Western Directed by Anthony Mann

Jimmy Stewart stars in “Bend of the River” as Glyn McLyntock, a wagon train leader with a mysterious past.

After they successfully lead a group of settlers to their new home in the Oregon Territory, Glyn McLyntock (James Stewart) and his friend Emerson Cole (Arthur Kennedy) trek back to town to find out what happened to their winter supplies.

Once they get to town, they find out that gold has recently been discovered in the area and that the whole town has gold fever. Now corruption is everywhere and limited supplies are being sold for outrageous prices, including the provisions that the settlers have already paid for in advance.

If the settlers don’t get their food and provisions, they will surely die. Not wanting to let this happen, McLyntock and a group of men steal back the goods and try to make it safely back to the settler’s remote camp.

But the temptation of making money on the supplies makes the journey dangerous for everyone, including McLyntock himself. It looks like no one can be trusted on the journey back to the settlers camp.

»“Bend of the River” is based on the novel, Bend of the Snake, by Bill Gulick that was first released in 1952. Bill Gulick wrote a number of novels, and two of them were made into western movies. “Bend of the River” was the first. The second, The Hallelujah Trail was published in 1965 and was made into a western movie of the same name. Famed director John Sturges directed “The Hallelujah Trail.”

» “Bend of the River” was the second collaboration between actor James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. Jimmy Stewart starred in five cowboy westerns that were directed by Anthony Mann and they were all made between 1950 and 1955. The names of these James Stewart/Anthony Mann westerns are:

Winchester ’73

Bend of the River

The Naked Spur

The Man from Laramie

The Far Country

»“Bend of the River”was filmed in numerous locations in Oregon, including Snake River Country and Mt. Hood. The cast and crew spent several weeks in the Oregon wilderness filming and according to biographer Lawrence J. Quirk, Jimmy Stewart thoroughly enjoyed being on location in this beautiful area.


Bend of the River Movie DVD

James Stewart stars in this classic western as a cowboy who is determined to get a valuable load of food supplies to a group of settlers in a remote area. He can’t trust anyone.

DVD Set - James Stewart: The Western Collection

James Stewart: The Western Collection DVD Set

Six great James Stewart westerns – A Great Package Deal!

This DVD set contains six western movies, all starring James Stewart. The westerns in this collection are:
Bend of the River
Destry Rides Again
Winchester 73
The Far Country
The Rare Breed
Night Passage.

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