We've got some fun pictures this week. In 1951 Universal Pictures filmed the 1952 release "Bend of the River" in our area. This was a big budget western starring Jimmy Stewart and Rock Hudson. It also featured Harry Morgan (of MASH fame), Francis Bavier (Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show), and Julie Adams (of Creature from the Black Lagoon, of course). Have fun trying to figure out where the crews were working.
They worked all over, up around Timbertline, down on the Columbia River near Cape Horn where those sheer cliffs go up . It featured a steam boat on the river/ White River is where they had there wagons all in a circle and the Indians attacked them. My Dad took me up there and we saw some of it being filmed. Quite a treat. Hood River was all abuzz when it came out and I remember standing in a very long line to get in to see it. Only two movies I ever recall being in a long line. Bend In the River and Lucy's Long Long Trailer. Always one of my favorite childhood movies.
charlott on 31st March 2014 @ 7:05am
Good movie. Beautiful scenery. But never compare to Tom Mix and Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies. LOL
Buzz on 31st March 2014 @ 7:17am
I didn't see the movie until late '60's on TV.
I didn't know about the movie. Just happened to be watching a Jimmy Stewart western when familiar scenery began to appear.
I'm curious if you could film in some of the same areas now or is the scenery blocked by trees?
One thing about fires, they open the area up.
l.e. on 31st March 2014 @ 7:30am
Charlott has it right, the Hood River community was really excited about having a MAJOR motion picture filmed in our area. However, I was a little disappointed that I never heard of the movie cast actually coming to visit our town.
Bill Seaton on 31st March 2014 @ 1:06pm
There was also an episode of the TV series "Movin On" filmed in downtown Hood River. The actors rented a space in the County Courthouse to change, etc.
I remember Frank Gorshin.
Judy on 31st March 2014 @ 1:13pm
I forgot. They also filmed at Bridal Vale falls. Beautiful scene of the falls. I assume they did that at the same time they were filming in the river. I don't know, but I bet they were set up on the beach at Rooster Rock.
charlott on 31st March 2014 @ 1:54pm
I always remember this film for the jet contrails over Mt. Hood!... oops.
Mark on 31st March 2014 @ 8:57pm
Yep....I wondered if anyone else remembered or noticed those Mark.
l.e. on 1st April 2014 @ 6:58pm
Charlotte, there was not a Rooster Rock Park until I-84 was completed later in the 1950's. I-84 is the only access to the park.
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 1st April 2014 @ 9:08pm
Timberline Lodge displays a number of pictures from movies filmed on Mt. Hood including some of Bend in the River. I've seen the movie on the TCM channel a number of times because I like the scenes on the river and the old steam boat. However jet contrails would not have been seen over the mountain until about 1957 and the filming was done in 1951. Did piston engined airliners create contrails in 1951...I don't know but I doubt it.
Rev. on 26th April 2014 @ 6:54pm