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The Sheepman (1958)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  7 May 1958 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jason Sweet
Dell Payton
Col. Stephen Bedford
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Jumbo McCall
Milt Masters
Frank Payton
Chocktaw Neal
Red (as Buzz Henry)


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 <>

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They called him the STRANGER WITH A GUN...




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Final film of G. Pat Collins. See more »


When Pernell Roberts yells to Robert 'Buzz' Henry, in the hotel window, he calls him "Buzz" instead of his character name "Red". See more »


Dell Payton: I don't believe it, I just don't believe it...
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Referenced in Shower of Stars: Episode #4.7 (1958) See more »

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Thoroughly enjoyable western with romance asides...
12 April 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Terrific M-G-M oater with both a comedic and a romantic slant has Glenn Ford playing the new sheep farmer in a cattle community; he deliberately stirs up trouble for himself with the locals, particularly villainous old acquaintance Leslie Nielsen, when reminding them that the grazing land is his to use as well--and if they wanna run him out of town, he'll fight them to the bitter finish. Shirley MacLaine is at the peak of her charms as a sarcastic gal who initially plays both sides of the fence. Very entertaining western with colorful production makes no overtures to deep meanings or powerful statements. On the frivolous side though it may be, it is one of the most satisfying westerns of the 1950s. Screenwriters William Bowers and James Edward Grant (Oscar-nominated) have fashioned a surefire character for Glenn Ford, who is irresistible. Good show! *** from ****

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