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The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Western  |  18 July 1941 (USA)
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A mysterious stranger arrives in the Missouri hills and befriends a young backwoods girl. Much to the dislike of her moonshiner fiancé who has vowed to find and kill his own father.

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Betty Field ...
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James Barton ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Marjorie Main ...
Granny Becky
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Wash Gibbs
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Pete Matthews
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Coot Royal
Fuzzy Knight ...
Mr. Palestrom
Tom Fadden ...
Jim Lane
Olin Howland ...
Corky
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Elvy
Virita Campbell ...
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Storyline

Young Matt Masters, an Ozark Mountains moonshiner, hates the father he has never seen, who apparently deserted Matt's mother and left her to die. His obsession contributes to the hatred rampant in the mountains. However, the arrival of a stranger, Daniel Howitt, begins to positively affect the mountain people, who learn to shed their hatred under his gentle influence. Still, Matt does not quite trust Howitt..... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Fury in the wild Ozarks! Hatred unleashed on the "Trail of the Lonsome Pine"!


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18 July 1941 (USA)  »

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Destino de sangre  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Riding on his horse, Matt Matthews (John Wayne) whistles a traditional English folk tune "The Cuckoo" having been identified by the captions as such. The title of the song has multiple variations, including The Coo-Coo, The Coo-Coo Bird, The Cuckoo Bird, and The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird. Lyrics usually include the line (or a slight variation): "The cuckoo is a pretty bird, she sings as she flies; she brings us glad tidings, and she tells us no lies." According to Thomas Goldsmith of The Raleigh News & Observer, the Cuckoo" descended from an old folk ballad; the singer "relates his desires - to gamble, to win, to regain love's affection." See more »

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With both shootings later in the film there is absolutely no trace of blood. This is particularly surprising in the first case which is at point-blank range. See more »

Quotes

Young Matt: The bigger the man, the deeper the imprint. And when he's in love, he suffers knowing it's a dead end.
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Remade as The Shepherd of the Hills (1964) See more »

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There's a Happy Hunting Ground
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Written by Sam Coslow
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Perhaps Hathaway's Best!
7 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just caught this little gem on AMC. I missed the opening credits so I had no idea who directed it. As the film progressed, I was like "This has GOT to be a John Ford film." After all, it features John Wayne, Harry Carey, Ward Bond and lots of wonderful Ford like shots. A wonderfully photographed and directed film. It even has Marjorie Main in a character role that's a total departure from her normal, boisterous parts we all know and expect from this great actress. Then I looked it up here at the IMDb and saw that it was Henry Hathaway's film. I never thought of Hathaway as a bad director by any means, but wow! This simply has the look of a well crafted classic beginning to end. Highly recommended.


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