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Another of the collaborations between actor James Stewart and director Anthony Mann, Bend of the River casts Stewart as a former outlaw, now working as trail guide for a group of Oregon-bound farmers. He is aided in this endeavor by Arthur Kennedy, a far-from-reformed horse thief. Upon arriving in Portland, Stewart gets in the middle of a scam operated by trader Howard Petrie, who has reneged on his promise to ship goods to the settlers. Unable to take action through legal channels, Stewart and farmer Jay C. Flippen steal the provision and scurry back to the settlement by boat. On their return, they discover that Kennedy has sold out to the crooked Petrie and intends to reclaim the supplies, taking Flippen and his daughter Julie Adams as hostages to ensure safe passage. It's up to Stewart to turn the tables on his former friend and save the day. As in the other Stewart-Mann productions, Jimmy breaks away from his usual easygoing screen persona to play a tough, self-serving rugged individual, whose true motives and loyalties remain in doubt until the very end of the film. Bend of the River was adapted by Borden Chase from Bill Gulick's novel Borden Chase. Watch for Stepin Fetchit, Rock Hudson, Royal Dano, and Frances Bavier in minor roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

James Stewart
as Glyn McLintock
Arthur Kennedy
as Emerson Cole
Julie Adams
as Laura Baile
Rock Hudson
as Troy Wilson
Lori Nelson
as Margie Baile
Jay C. Flippen
as Jeremy Baile
Stepin Fetchit
as Adam
Chubby Johnson
as Capt. Mello
Howard Petrie
as Tom Hendricks
Frances Bavier
as Mrs. Prentiss
Jack Lambert
as Red
Royal Dano
as Long Tom
Frank Chase
as Wasco
Frank Ferguson
as Don Grundy
Gregg Barton
as Miner
Denver Dixon
as Extra
Donald Kerr
as Barker
Cliff Lyons
as Willie
Philo McCullough
as Prospector
Lillian Randolph
as Aunt Tildy
Britt Wood
as Roustabout
Dal McKennon
Donald Kerr
as Barker
Cliff Lyons
as Willie
Britt Wood
as Roustabout
Denver Dixon
as Extra
Lillian Randolph
as Aunt Tildy
Philo McCullough
as Prospector
Gregg Barton
as Miner

Crew

Anthony Mann
Director
Aaron Rosenberg
Producer
Bill Gulick
Book Author
Borden Chase
Screenwriter
Irving Glassberg
Cinematographer
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Russell Schoengarth
Editor
Nathan Juran
Art Director
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Oliver Emert
Set Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
Joe Lapis
Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore
Makeup
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