Bend of the River ★★★★

Second viewing, first in theater. The psychological richness of Mann's later westerns with Stewart is starting to creep into this film, culminating in a frightening scene late in the film where Stewart calls out his warnings of revenge in a pose that predicts his work in THE NAKED SPUR. Mann packs a lot of plot into 91 minutes and the moral complexity of the characters make this a nearly great, if a little sluggish, western.