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Bend of the River

Released 1952
Distributor Universal Pictures

The second of Anthony Mann and James Stewart’s must-see westerns, Bend of the River continues the duo’s trend of character-driven yet action-packed outdoor adventures, this time set in snowy Oregon. The fine actor Arthur Kennedy plays a perfectly ambiguous villain while the auburn-haired Julie Adams and Rock Hudson – just on the cusp of stardom – round out the cast. The ravishing Technicolor photography is by Irving Glassberg.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.