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A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he intends to graze on the range. The horrified inhabitants decide to run him out at all costs. Written by
David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
When Chocktaw confronts Jason he fires seven shots from his six-shooter before stopping to reload. See more »
How come you get into the sheep business, boss?
Well, I'll tell ya, Angelo. You see, it's this way. I just got tired of kicking cows around. You know how dumb they are.
And you think sheep are smarter?
Oh, no, no. They're dumber. Only their easier kicking...and woollier.
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Pretty good serious-comic Western with George Marshall's inspired direction and a sensational Glenn Ford
Highly watchable Western comedy about confrontation between Sheepmen , cattlemen and homesteaders . This is a classic Hollywood Western , it turns out to be a mixture of action , fights , shootouts and humor . In a Western little cattle-town , a pattern of the other celebrated cow towns of the Old west , appears a stranger called Jason Sweet (Glenn Ford) and behaves impulsively . The reason appears with his stock : a herd of sheep . Glenn Ford is the brave gunslinger along with Edgar Buchanan , they are fighting to stifle the conflicts between Sheepmen , homesteaders and cattlemen who hire gunfighters (Pernell Roberts of Bonanza) . Meanwhile , astute as well as imaginative Sweet develops a loving triangle between a copper-haired haired heroine tomboy (Shirley MacLaine) and a treacherous villain called Col. Stephen Bedford (a young Leslie Nielsen) . The astonished inhabitants decide to run him out at all costs . Ford finally cleans up an uncontrollably lawless Western town. ¨Draw fast when you call him the Sheepman¡ ¨ .
This fresh , genial picture gets action Western , shootouts ,laughters marvelous outdoors , a lot of attractive roles and turns to be quite entertaining . It's a medium budget film with good actors , technicians, production values and pleasing results . This spirited realization that never flags results to be a potpourri of Western , comedy , irony and action . Glenn Ford is pretty good in the title role , he is a Sheepman faced in by cattle ranchers but determined to stay , as he intends to graze on the range . Glenn Ford ideally cast as an obstinate Sheepman and he shows his usual delicious fair play for comedy . He plays a gunfighter/Sheepman , a roguish revenger with remarkable self-assurance and establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with . Main cast is frankly good , the great Leslie Nielsen as a nasty villainous , his enthusiasts will be surprised to find him and not least Shirley MacLaine . Furthermore , an extraordinary support cast such as chubby Mickey Shaughnessy as Jumbo McCall , Edgar Buchanan as Milt Masters , Willis Bouchey as Frank Payton , Pernell Roberts as Chocktaw Neal and always likable Slim Pickens as Marshal . Interesting as well inspired screen play by William Bowers and James Edward Grant , it includes splendid roles . Glamorous cinematography , photographed in glowing Metrocolor by Robert Bronner . Evocative and atmospheric musical score by Jeff Alexander .
The motion picture well produced by Edmund Grainger was directed in sure visual eye by George Marshall . He realized a variety films of all kind of genres , though especially Western , the best are starred by James Stewart and Glenn Ford . Marshall directed Western along half century , his first Western was ¨Wild gold¨(1934) and he subsequently made his masterpiece ¨Destry rides again¨(1939) in which combines action , charmingly natural story , humor and drama ; in 1951 directed a new version under title ¨ Frenchie ¨ with Eddie Murphy and Marie Blanchard in similar characters to James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich . As Marshall introduces comicalness in realist Western , including a little genre satire on the conventional Western thrown in for good measure . As he directed Western with funniness such as ¨Texas¨ also starred by Glenn Ford and Edgar Buchanan . He went on filming parody/western such as ¨Fancy pants¨(1950) , ¨Advance to the rear¨(1964), and musical Western as ¨Red Garters¨and ¨The second greatest sex¨. Others Western he directed are the following : ¨When Dalton rode¨, ¨Valley of the sun¨, ¨The savage¨, ¨Pillars of sky¨, ¨the guns of Fort Petticoat¨ and the episode titled ¨The railway¨ from ¨How the West was won¨ .
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