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To the Victor (1938)

Owd Bob (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 6 April 1940 (Sweden)
A story about Cumbrian shepherds and their skilled sheepdogs. Grumpy old McAdam with aggressive Black Wull and civilized David Moore with educated Owd Bob compete to win the sheepdogs's cup. David also tries to win McAdam's daughter's heart.


Robert Stevenson


Alfred Ollivant (novel), J.B. Williams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Will Fyffe ... Adam McAdam
John Loder ... David Moore
Margaret Lockwood ... Jeannie McAdam
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Tammas
Moore Marriott ... Samuel
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Thwaites (as Wilfrid Walter)
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Winthrop (as Eliot Mason)
A. Bromley Davenport A. Bromley Davenport ... Magistrate - Mr. Parker (as Bromley Davenport)
H.F. Maltby H.F. Maltby ... Sergt. Musgrave
Edmund Breon ... Lord Meredale
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Bookmaker - Unlucky Joe
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Barry Davis


Adam McAdam is an old, dour sheepherder whose life is devoted to his faithful dog, the whiskey bottle and his daughter, Jeannie. And a conflict that arises when the other sheep-men of the district try every means within their power to have his dog, accused of being a sheep-killer, destroyed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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When a crowd gathers outside of Adam's cottage he fires 3 shots at them in quick succession from a double barreled shot gun. See more »


Adam McAdam: I'm just like my dog there, Black Wull. He kens as well me, what it means to give a dog a bad name.
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Remade as Owd Bob (1998) See more »

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Another Fyffe/Lockwood, Father/Daughter Pairing
27 March 2008 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

In "Rulers of the Sea" filmed in the USA in 1939, the successful pairing of Will Fyffe and Margaret Lockwood was again tested as father and daughter, presumably because of the success of their similar on screen partnership in "Owd Bob" filmed the previous year in the U.K. Margaret was so photogenic in 1938 and had considerable acting skills and in "Owd Bob" perfectly affects a charming lowland Scottish accent playing a dutiful daughter to her widower father,Will McAdam (Will Fyffe).Her "love interest" is David Moore (John Loder) who plays a Cumberland sheep farmer whose prize sheepdog gives the film its title.John was in real life probably most famous for marrying another raven haired beauty, Hedy Lamarr.

This a gentle story about Cumberland hill sheep farmers with a "who done it" theme relating to how sheep are being prematurely killed by a wild beast that needs to be tracked down.The suspicion eventually rests either on "Owd Bob" or "Black Wull" the prize sheep dog owned by Will Fyffe.Dog lovers will love this film but I thought that the dog trial competition scenes could have done with some editing as they seemed rather prolonged.In return another sub-plot could have been woven into the main fabric of the story/screenplay.For that reason I rated it 6/10.

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6 April 1940 (Sweden) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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