With the Western Film Fair starting tomorrow in Winston-Salem, and with one of my favorites, Julie Adams, among the guests, I got to thinking about Bend Of The River (1952), the second Western Jimmy Stewart made with Anthony Mann. Miss Adams appeared in plenty of Universal Westerns, from The Lawless Breed (1952) to Wings Of The Hawk (1953).
This one has a good early part for Rock Hudson and a typically fine performance from Arthur Kennedy (the same year he did Rancho Notorious). Stewart is his usual loner trying to overcome a dark past — showing yet again why he was maybe the finest screen actor of the 50s.
The scene in Bend Of The River where Miss Adams is hit by an arrow always gets to me — thanks to the great special effect, Mann’s tense direction and a very convincing job from Julie. (Doesn’t that look like it’d hurt?) That’s Aunt Bea, Francis Bavier, tending to her.
Came across this on eBay this morning — a ticket from the picture’s Portland premiere (it was shot in Oregon), signed by Stewart.