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Title: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: dave jenkins on August 28, 2006, 03:51:44 PM
Playing on AMC this week. A good Anthony Mann Western (starring Mt. Hood) that anyone who has not yet seen it should watch.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: titoli on July 12, 2009, 10:32:26 PM
I remembered nothing of this. It's great in the first part, but in the second there's something that doesn't make it work completely, probably a bit too repetitive. Kennedy is very good, I could have done without Flippen's character. Anyway a solid 7\10


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 12, 2009, 10:47:05 PM
Playing on AMC this week.

I'll watch it but not on AMC.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 14, 2009, 06:28:35 PM
It features some of the best locations and, above all, the best music of the Stewart/Mann collaborations.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: Groggy on July 18, 2010, 09:07:19 AM
I hadn't been able to track this down at all, despite months of searching - not at Pitt, not at Carnegie, not at Family video, not on Netflix. Then yesterday I see it on sale for five dollars at Wal-Mart! :o I may have to go back and buy it.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: Groggy on July 18, 2010, 01:09:34 PM
Bend of the River - 8/10 - Middling by Anthony Mann standards, which still means a pretty solid Western. If the movie has any major flaw, it's that it frequently recalls Red River - sometimes in excusable generalities, others in particulars, especially in the second half. At least the story is well-executed, and lacking the Hawks film's awful ending, and there's lots of action and plot twists to keep things moving. As usual for a Mann flick, the gorgeous, well-photographed locations are the high point, even if some of them are used repeatedly. Bland score. James Stewart is about par for the course. Arthur Kennedy is very good but his double-cross of Stewart isn't wholly convincing; he got a better part in Man From Laramie. Julia Adams is pretty; Rock Hudson is pretty useless. A good flick on the whole, and certainly worth $5.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: dave jenkins on July 18, 2010, 04:59:08 PM
My favorite Mann western in color. I like the plot, which is not a mere situation, but a story the unfolds over a period of time. I also like the Arthur Kennedy character, who is just ambiguous enough to leave you uncertain about which way he's going to jump. The only thing that disappoints me is Stewart's too rapid recovery from Kennedy's betrayal. It should take Stewart weeks to catch up with the others, and we should be with him every agonizing step of the way, experiencing the hardships, the despair, until, at last, Stewart engages with Kennedy for the final reckoning. In a perfect world of perfect films we'd see Stewart beating Kennedy to death with his bare fists.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: Groggy on July 19, 2010, 01:18:20 PM
Well, I was going to post my full-length review of Bend of the River here...


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: Dust Devil on July 19, 2010, 10:54:07 PM
Better don't do it now, the stars could burn out instantaneously if such act was to be carried out.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 05, 2012, 02:10:08 AM
Just saw Bend of the River, the best thing about it is the locations, otherwise it's nothing special 6.5/10



I have now seen all 5 Mann/Stewart Westerns, and I have to say that The Far Country is the only one that I thought was a very good movie. The Man from Laramie is good (I saw 'em both a long while ago, but I guess the rating would be something like an 8/10 for TFC and a 7 or 7.5/10 for TMFL). I did not like the other 3 (Winchester '73, Bend of the River, The Naked Spur); although The Naked Spur is the only one of the 5 that I would say was a BAD movie. The ending to The Naked Spur was just absolutely ridiculous (not that it was good up to that point either, but) the notion that after going through all that shit, Stewart would just bury Ryan and not collect the bounty, is just plain stupid.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: cigar joe on September 05, 2012, 03:26:41 AM
The Naked Spur is my least favorite also of the Stewart-Mann Westerns


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: T.H. on April 27, 2016, 10:26:59 PM
I pretty much agree with 2010 Grogg's assessment.

There is too much plot, almost to an episodic extent, to the point where this needed a rewrite that was built around Stewart's and Kennedy's characters, causing their rift to mean something instead of having a character pull a 180 because the lead villain was killed.

This is a lot like The Far Country, good locations (did both movies use the same locations in spots (?)), but it has a messy story and this lacks the darkness of Laramie and Naked Spur, which really handle Stewart's characters amazingly well. Yeah, I know I'm alone there, but those two movies build momentum with every scene, and the entire film is built on character. Plot driven westerns or movies are great, but not when things are sloppily executed. Bend of the River, like The Far Country, falters on repeated views.

It still gets a 7.5/10 because of the direction and locations and it's certainly better than the average oater of its time, or any time for that matter. But it lacks the subtext and/or that quality that there's something deeper going on. Bend of the River is what it is.



Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 28, 2016, 05:29:47 AM
It still gets a 7.5/10 because of the direction and locations and it's certainly better than the average oater of its time, or any time for that matter. But it lacks the subtext and/or that quality that there's something deeper going on. Bend of the River is what it is.
Did you just say "subtext"? Yeah, with a bit of tweaking this could have been called Kink of the River.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 28, 2016, 09:33:03 AM
Did you just say "subtext"? Yeah, with a bit of tweaking this could have been called Kink of the River.

Rock Hudson. Oooooooooooohhhhhhhh  :-*


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: Groggy on April 28, 2016, 05:37:14 PM
I like Laramie a lot, Naked Spur not so much. Bend's pretty unremarkable and that early rating seems high.


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: Spikeopath on February 09, 2017, 09:16:16 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044413/reference

Biscuits, apples and the troubled past.

The second of five genre defining Westerns that director Anthony Mann made with James Stewart, Bend Of The River is the first one to be made in color. The slick screenplay is written by Borden Chase from William Gulick's novel "Bend Of The Snake," with support for Stewart coming from Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson & Jay C. Flippen.

Stewart plays guide Glyn McLyntock who in 1847 is leading a wagon- train of homesteaders from troubled Missouri to the Oregon Territory. What the group are hoping for is a new start, a paradise, with McLyntock himself hoping for a new identity to escape his own troubled past. But after rescuing Emerson Cole (Kennedy) from a lynching, it's an act that has far reaching consequences for McLyntock and the trail once they get to Portland.

In typical Anthony Mann style, McLyntock is a man tested to the maximum as he seeks to throw off his shackles and find a new redemption within a peaceful community. Cloaked in what would be become Mann's trademark stunning vistas (cinematography courtesy of Irving Glassberg), Bend Of The River is often thought of as the lighter tale from the Stewart/Mann partnership; most likely because it has more action and no little amount of comedy in there. But although it's a simple story in essence, it is given a hard boiled and psychological edge by the makers. An edge that asks searching questions of its "hero" in waiting. Can "McLyntock" indeed escape his past? And as a "hero" is it OK to use violence when he is wronged? Potent stuff that is acted with tremendous gravitas by Stewart.

Very recommended picture, but in truth all five of them are really. 7/10


Title: Re: Bend of the River (1952)
Post by: dave jenkins on October 16, 2017, 02:32:42 PM
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film6/blu-ray_reviews_79/bend_of_the_river_blu-ray.htm

Bottom line: A 1080p transfer can only do so much. A full restoration needs to be done.