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 »
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>
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 »
[after he has been run out of town and put in a train box car]
How they should do this to one of their own home town boys. I was practically a pioneer in that town. Wasn't three hundred people there when I first came there.
How many now?
I don't see what that's got to do with it stranger. Figures don't mean nothing when you're talking about pioneers. It's the spirit that counts.
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A man comes into a town to settle down with his flock of sheep, something that does not sit well with the resident cattlemen. The film contains a number of funny characters. About the only character who's serious is future funny man Nielsen as the villain who rules the town until Ford arrives. Ford is terrific in the title role of an easygoing fellow who just wants to settle down with his sheep. MacLaine is charming as a feisty young woman who is betrothed to Nielsen, unaware of his shady past. The supporting cast includes such veterans as Buchanan, Shaughnessy, and Pickens. Under the capable direction of veteran Marshall, the film moves at a breezy pace.
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