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The Sheepman (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 7 May 1958 (USA)
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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Jason Sweet
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Dell Payton
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Col. Stephen Bedford
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Jumbo McCall
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Milt Masters
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Frank Payton
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Chocktaw Neal
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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>

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They called him the STRANGER WITH A GUN...

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Comedy | Western

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez is the grandfather of Clifton Collins Jr., actor, (Tigerland, The Replacrment Killers, One Eight Seven). For a time Collins used the name Clifton Gonzalez-Gonzslez, in homage to his grandfather. See more »

Goofs

The action is supposed to be in the summer, specifically around the Fourth of July, as evidenced by the town holding a July 4th party. But outdoor Fall colors are clearly in evidence throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: How come you get into the sheep business, boss?
Jason Sweet: 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.
Angelo: And you think sheep are smarter?
Jason Sweet: Oh, no, no. They're dumber. Only their easier kicking...and woollier.
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Connections

Referenced in Shower of Stars: Episode #4.7 (1958) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
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Written by Joseph Winner
Played as one of the dance tunes
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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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