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Harold Bell Wright (novel)
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Release Date:
18 July 1941 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Fury in the wild Ozarks! Hatred unleashed on the "Trail of the Lonsome Pine"!
Plot:
John Wayne plays young Matt Matthews not Masters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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John Wayne ... Young Matt Matthews
Betty Field ... Sammy Lane

Harry Carey ... Daniel Howitt

Beulah Bondi ... Aunt Mollie Matthews
James Barton ... Old Matt Matthews
Samuel S. Hinds ... Andy Beeler
Marjorie Main ... Granny Becky

Ward Bond ... Wash Gibbs

Marc Lawrence ... Pete Matthews

John Qualen ... Coot Royal
Fuzzy Knight ... Mr. Palestrom
Tom Fadden ... Jim Lane
Olin Howland ... Corky

Dorothy Adams ... Elvy
Virita Campbell ... Baby
Fern Emmett ... Mrs. Palestrom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.E. Anderson ... Hillbilly (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Man with Mustache (uncredited)

Henry Brandon ... Bald Knobber (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Bald Knobber (uncredited)
William Haade ... Bald Knobber (uncredited)
John Harmon ... Charles the Deputy (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Carl Knowles ... Revenuer (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Bald Knobber (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Mrs. Carmody - Townswoman (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Harold Bell Wright (novel)

Grover Jones (screenplay) and
Stuart Anthony (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Moss .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gerard Carbonara 
 
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene (director of photography)
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
 
Art Department
Henri Jaffa .... for the Technicolor company: associate color art director
Natalie Kalmus .... for the Technicolor company: color art director
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
 
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Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #6693)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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.See more »
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WiegenliedSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Rough Father And Son Reunion, 31 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Herbert J. Yates of Republic Pictures must have gotten a tidy sum from Paramount for the use of his number one star for his first technicolor feature film.

Shepherd of the Hills was the first film in which John Wayne worked with director Henry Hathaway. They didn't work together again for another 19 years and then in the Sixties did four films culminating with Wayne's Oscar winning performance in True Grit.

In fact Hathaway had directed the first outdoor technicolor film in the same Ozark area for Paramount five years earlier in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.

You think of this area of the country and you either think of the comic characters of The Beverly Hillbillies or the inbred freaks of Deliverance. In both films Hathaway avoids those stereotypes and he creates characters of dignity and strength.

John Wayne is Matt Matthews whose father left his mother before she was born and she died leaving him to be raised by his aunt Beulah Bondi. Bondi's a bitter old woman who fills the Duke's head with evil thoughts about his father.

A stranger comes to their valley and has a lot of money, buys a piece of property from the Matthews clan and settles there. Harry Carey wins over most of the people there with several acts of kindness and charity. He especially makes a big fan of Betty Field who's a hankerin' after the Duke.

Carey's got a past secret and I think if you read the review you can figure out what it is without me being explicit. But all is revealed in the end and it's worth the wait.

Wayne and Carey have a great chemistry between them because next to John Ford, Harry Carey was probably the single biggest influence in creating a star named John Wayne from a USC football player named Marion Michael Morrison who earned some extra money working as a prop man on silent movie sets. The same rapport between them is also carried over to The Angel and the Badman which Wayne produced himself.

Shepherd of the Hills is a good film about some simple people with some great performances by the entire cast.

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