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The Shepherd of the Hills ()


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A mysterious stranger arrives in the Missouri hills and befriends a young backwoods girl. Much to the dislike of her moonshiner fiancé who has vowed to find and kill his own father.

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Young Matt Matthews
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Sammy Lane
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Daniel Howitt
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Aunt Mollie Matthews
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Old Matt Matthews
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Andy Beeler
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Granny Becky
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Wash Gibbs
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Pete Matthews
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Coot Royal
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Mr. Palestrom
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Jim Lane
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Corky
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Elvy
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Baby
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Mrs. Palestrom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Deems ...
Young Man
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Hillbilly (uncredited)
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Man with Mustache (uncredited)
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Bald Knobber (uncredited)
Nora Bush ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Bald Knobber (uncredited)
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Bald Knobber (uncredited)
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Johnny - Revenue Agent (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Carl Knowles ...
Revenuer (uncredited)
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Bald Knobber (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ...
Mrs. Carmody - Townswoman (uncredited)
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Blacksmith (uncredited)
Glen Walters ...
Tall Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry Hathaway

Written by

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Harold Bell Wright ... (novel)
 
Grover Jones ... (screenplay) and
Stuart Anthony ... (screenplay)

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Jack Moss ... producer

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Gerard Carbonara

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W. Howard Greene ... director of photography
Charles Lang ... director of photography (as Charles Lang Jr.)

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Ellsworth Hoagland

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Roland Anderson
Hans Dreier

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Henri Jaffa ... for the Technicolor company: associate color art director
Natalie Kalmus ... for the Technicolor company: color art director

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John Cope ... sound recordist
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist

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Jim Corey ... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... stunts (uncredited)

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Charles Bradshaw ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Young Matt Masters, an Ozark Mountains moonshiner, hates the father he has never seen, who apparently deserted Matt's mother and left her to die. His obsession contributes to the hatred rampant in the mountains. However, the arrival of a stranger, Daniel Howitt, begins to positively affect the mountain people, who learn to shed their hatred under his gentle influence. Still, Matt does not quite trust Howitt..... Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines Fury in the wild Ozarks! Hatred unleashed on the "Trail of the Lonsome Pine"! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le retour du proscrit (France)
  • Verfluchtes Land (Germany)
  • El pastor de las colinas (Spain)
  • O Morro dos Maus Espíritos (Brazil)
  • Destino de sangre (Mexico)
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  • 98 min
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Trivia The Hayes Office were shocked and appalled by the scene in which Sammy removes her shirt and displays her bare back to the camera. Director Henry Hathaway assured the Office that it was actually a man doubling for Betty Field during that particular moment. Field, as well as John Wayne, corroborated this. Years later, Field revealed that it was indeed her own bare back that was shown. See more »
Goofs With both shootings later in the film there is absolutely no trace of blood. This is particularly surprising in the first case which is at point-blank range. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Cinema Paradiso (1988). See more »
Soundtracks There's a Happy Hunting Ground See more »
Quotes Young Matt: The bigger the man, the deeper the imprint. And when he's in love, he suffers knowing it's a dead end.
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