BEND OF THE RIVER
1952, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Mann

James Stewart stars as a former border raider who narrowly escapes the hangman's noose (he still smarts from the rope) and is trying to start over again in the wide-open Oregon country. Instead, he winds up involved with the wily and charming Arthur Kennedy in a wagon train that includes the eligible Laurie Baile (Julie Adams) and a load of supplies worth their weight in gold. One of director Anthony Mann's finest films, combining action, character and landscape in a seamless and wildly satisfying package.


STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
1944, Republic [Paramount], 56 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Mann

A WWII veteran comes to a California town to meet the woman who was his cherished wartime pen pal. The girl’s peculiar mother claims she’s away - perhaps far, far away. This highly atmospheric, slightly daft B was the sixth low-budget wonder on the growing résumé of esteemed noir director (T-MEN, RAW DEAL), featuring a jaw-dropping performance by Austrian actress Helen Thimig. Not on DVD!


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