BEND OF THE RIVER-a Great 1952 James Stewart Western! Lots of Stars…

Here’s another Western Movie to take your worries away. Very entertaining. It’s a fun Great Hollywood Movie starring James Stewart and lots of other Stars. A very interesting storyline. A Movie of Redemption from a Criminal Past. One man changes and another cannot. Both with a rope once around their necks. But the lives of a 100 depend on one man and his Will to go the extra mile. And he does. He always does. James Stewart is one very Good Star in lots of great Movie Roles.

So Pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!

Reformed outlaw Glyn McLyntock (James Stewart) has become a guide for farmers headed to Oregon. When he rescues thief Emerson Cole (Arthur Kennedy) from execution, Cole joins him on the journey. Once the settlers arrive, they discover that a trader who was supposed to send them provisions is now trying to scam them. After McLyntock and Cole travel to Portland to forcibly retrieve the supplies, Cole betrays McLyntock and steals the goods himself. McLyntock pursues, ready for battle.

Bend of the River is a 1952 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James StewartArthur KennedyJulie Adams, and Rock Hudson. Based on the 1950 novel Bend of the Snake by Bill Gulick, the film is about a tough cowboy who risks his life to deliver confiscated supplies to homesteaders after gold is discovered in the region.[2] Bend of the River was filmed on location in Sandy RiverMount Hood, the Columbia River and Timberline, Oregon.[3] This is the second Western film collaboration between Anthony Mann and James Stewart.

Bend of the River
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnthony Mann
Screenplay byBorden Chase
Based onBend of the Snake
1950 novel
by Bill Gulick
Produced byAaron Rosenberg
Frank Cleaver
StarringJames Stewart
Arthur Kennedy
Julie Adams
Rock Hudson
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byRussell F. Schoengarth
Music byHans J. Salter
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dateJanuary 23, 1952
Running time91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3 million (US)[1]

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In 1866, remorseful former border raider Glyn McLyntock is scouting for a wagon train of settlers to Oregon. While he is checking the trail ahead, he rescues Emerson Cole from being lynched for stealing a horse. Cole, who says the horse is “not exactly stolen”, thinks he has heard of McLyntock, but does not pursue the subject. One of the pioneers in the wagon train is the eligible Laura Baile. That night, they are attacked by five Shoshone Indians and Laura is wounded by an arrow. McLyntock and Cole go out to deal with the Shoshones and Cole saves McLyntock’s life in the process. McLyntock welcomes Cole, but Jeremy Baile, the leader of the settlers, does not trust Cole and does not believe that a man can change from bad to good.

When they reach Portland, Oregon, Laura remains there to recover. Cole also leaves the party saying that he wants to go to California to find gold. The rest, including McLyntock, go on to establish a settlement in the wilderness after making arrangements with a man named Tom Hendricks for the supplies they need for the winter to be sent on later (“the first week in September”). That night, they have a big party and meet a professional gambler named Trey Wilson.

With winter fast approaching and the supplies at least six weeks late, they begin to worry when the food runs low. McLyntock and Jeremy go back to Portland to investigate. They find that a gold rush has inflated prices enormously. Laura and Cole are working for Hendricks and have no intention of going to the settlement. Jeremy is not happy about his daughter being Cole’s girl. Meanwhile, Hendricks has decided to sell their supplies for a much higher price to a mining camp. McLyntock secretly hires some men to load the supplies to take back to the settlement, but Hendricks finds out, instigating a shootout. Cole and Trey both side with McLyntock. When they are pursued, McLyntock sets up an ambush. Hendricks and some of his gang are killed, and the rest are driven off.

On the way to the settlement, some of the miners show up and offer an exorbitant sum for the supplies. The hired men begin thinking about commandeering the wagon train. Cole cannot resist the temptation of all that money and double-crosses his friend, but does not kill him. That proves to be a fatal mistake. McLyntock tracks them down and retakes the supplies with the assistance of Jeremy, Laura, and Trey. Cole brings some miners, but they are beaten off in a climactic gunfight at a river. McLyntock fights and kills Cole, and the current takes his body away. At the end, they reach the settlement with the supplies and it is apparent that Laura and McLyntock are now a couple.