Starring Jimmy Stewart as Glyn McLyntoch, Bend of the River is a 1952 Western about several Missouri farmers and their families as they move to Oregon.
Set after the War Between the States, the audience quickly gathers that Glyn is a former Kansas/Missouri boarder ruffian. He acts as the guide across the west, leading the wagon train into Oragon and helping get the community established.
Conflict arises when gold is struck around Portland and the settlers supplies are in essence held hostage by a leading Portland citizen.
Glyn must prove his mettle, and his changed heart, in order to get those supplies to the farmers before winter sets in.
Among the postives of this film is Jeremy Baile, the head of the wagon train. He is a good man--brave, yet not rash...wise and kind. He also is a humble man who is willing to learn and can admit when he is wrong.
Being an early 50's Western, the dialouge is clean and the movie in general wholesome and without any thing to really worry about children viewing. There is but one kiss...and it is used, I think, more to wordlessly demonstrate a situation than anything. (And in fact, from the angle it was shot at, I'm not sure the actor and actress were actually kissing each other...)
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit though I did think some of the costuming/hair/etc. could have been more historically accurate--but one really can't expect that in a 50's Western.
And of course, there is Jimmy Stewart. The man had such a unique voice and really played this kind of role well...almost awkward, but confident at the same time.
A Reformed Presbyterian girl who enjoys a good movie or a good book any ol' time.
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