Bend of the River (A. Mann, 1952)

Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952)

This is not a very good western. Though Jimmy Stewart is still very good here, and Arthur Kennedy gives a fantastic performance. Outside of those two, most of the characters were paper thin, and Rock Hudson’s character was horribly written and acted. And, sadly, this doesn’t even look all that nice for a western. Yes, there were many beautiful landscapes, but I’ve started to expect more from a visual standpoint when such great settings are available. The plot is entertaining, though like the characters, somewhat sloppily written. Anyway, this is the worst Mann film I’ve seen so far, though it has a few redeeming qualities.  6.25/10



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