6.9/10
2,043
26 user 8 critic

The Sheepman (1958)

Approved | | Western | 7 May 1958 (USA)
A brash stranger and his sheep arrive in a small town, but not soon after, the townspeople decide they've seen enough of him.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), James Edward Grant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a frontier town, gunslinger-turned-preacher Jim Killian is caught in the middle of a violent range war between cattlemen and sheep-men.

Director: Lee H. Katzin
Stars: Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Hershey
Jubal (1956)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bitter land dispute causes a Civil War veteran to take extreme action.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Texas (1941)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two young men head west in search of fortune and adventure.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: William Holden, Glenn Ford, Claire Trevor
Cimarron (1960)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier adventurer, his wife and family and their friends.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters
Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sergeant Murphy Savage impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Red Buttons, Taina Elg
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, Chill Wills
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A wanted outlaw arrives in town to rob a bank that has already been held up! His past and his friendship with the sheriff land them both in trouble.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford
The Rounders (1965)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In Sedona, two aging cowpokes bust broncos, charm local ladies and bet on outcomes at the rodeo.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Sue Ane Langdon
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A deadly gunslinger travels to a town to shoot it out with a famed gunslinger turned lawman in a small town.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson, Chad Everett
Cowboy (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Jason Sweet
Shirley MacLaine ... Dell Payton
Leslie Nielsen ... Col. Stephen Bedford
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Jumbo McCall
Edgar Buchanan ... Milt Masters
Willis Bouchey ... Frank Payton
Pernell Roberts ... Chocktaw Neal
Slim Pickens ... Marshal
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Red (as Buzz Henry)
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Angelo
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They called him the STRANGER WITH A GUN...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stranger with a Gun See more »

Filming Locations:

Montrose, Colorado, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,283,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,535,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,735,000, 31 December 1958
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Glen ford was almost 18 years older than Shirley Maclean. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffalo Girls
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Sung at the party when Sweet is taken to visit the colonel]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Different Kind of Western
28 April 2007 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

Although "The Sheepman" is full of comic moments, none of them could quite be considered to be of the parody or even the self-reflexive variety. George Marshall's 1958 western was produced a few years before the genre began imitating television westerns by moving in that direction with films like "Cat Ballou" and "Support Your Local Sheriff". Most of this film's humor comes from the off-kilter nature of Glenn Ford's cowboy hero Jason Sweet. He is my all-time favorite Ford character, alternating between standard western hero and detached manipulator. His scenes with Mickey Shaughnessy (as town bully Jumbo) are funny because they totally break genre conventions. The Coen Brothers have used a similar technique in many of their films, writing dialogue totally mismatched with what one expects from a particular movie stereotyped character. The effectiveness of the device (and its novelty in 1958) led to William Bowers & James Edward Grant receiving an Oscar nomination for the screenplay.

The story gets moving right away as the title character (Sweet) hits the town of Powder Valley, seemingly on a mission to alienate every citizen with whom he comes into contact. This also serves as a quick introduction to most of the supporting cast as he insults the railroad station master (Percy Helton), gives unsolicited advice to a young lady (Shirley MacLaine), tricks the livery stable owner (Edgar Buchanan of "Petticoat Junction" fame); and gets the better of the general store proprietor (Harry Harvey). He then picks a fight with Jumbo (Shaughnessy) and ends the day by announcing his intention to graze sheep on the nearby public lands. This puts him into conflict with a local cattleman named "The Colonel" (a very young and uncharacteristically serious Leslie Neilsen).

MacLaine's often exasperated heroine would serve as inspiration for the Suzanne Pleshette and Joan Hackett characters in "Support Your Local Gunfighter" and "Support Your Local Sheriff".

"The Sheepman" is refreshingly different; witty, unpredictable, and extremely entertaining.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


21 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed