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To the Victor (1938)

Owd Bob (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 12 April 1938 (USA)
A story about Cumbrian shepherds and their skilled sheepdogs. Grumpy old McAdam with aggressive Black Wull and civilized David Moore with educated Owd Bob compete to win the sheepdogs's cup. David also tries to win McAdam's daughter's heart.



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Cast overview:
Jeannie McAdam
Graham Moffatt ...
Moore Marriott ...
Wilfred Walter ...
W. Thwaites
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. Winthrop
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Mr. Parker
H.F. Maltby ...
Sgt. Walter Musgrave
Lord Meredale
Wally Patch ...
Unlucky Joe
Alf Goddard ...
Barry Davis


Adam McAdam is an old, dour sheepherder whose life is devoted to his faithful dog, the whiskey bottle and his daughter, Jeannie. And a conflict that arises when the other sheep-men of the district try every means within their power to have his dog, accused of being a sheep-killer, destroyed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance


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12 April 1938 (USA)  »

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To the Victor  »

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Charming family entertainment
8 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The lives and loves of Cumbrias sheep-farmers, their women and, indeed, their dogs (Owd Bob of the title being one such) in the early Twentieth Century are depicted with warmth and humour in this gentle Ealing style comedy-drama adapted from Alfred Ollivants immortal canine classic and directed by future Disney stalwart Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins, The Love Bug etc).

Canny auld Scot, Adam MacAdam (Will Fyffe), and incomer David Moore (John Loder), engage in a battle of wits as they prepare their sheepdogs, Black Wull and Owd Bob respectively, for competition in a forthcoming sheepdog trial. To add spice to the tale, it turns out that one of the dogs might be a sheep-worrier, and, be warned, its a real heart-breaker when the guilty mutt is eventually identified and dealt with in the customary fashion. Pass the Kleenex please!

The romantic interest is provided by a young and extremely lovely Margaret Lockwood who, throughout the film, exudes natural charm from every pore. Later the same year, she would, deservedly, find international fame as the dazzling star of Hitchcocks The Lady Vanishes though here, playing MacAdams gorgeous, headstrong daughter Jeannie, her very considerable acting skills are not greatly stretched.

To summarize, a light-hearted, mildly sentimental piece of good, old-fashioned entertainment of the type we see far too little of these days. Definitely worth a watch.. especially for sheepdog fanciers!

(Trivia - John Loder later married Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr who,in my opinion, bore a striking resemblance to Margaret Lockwood).

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