The Rare Breed (1966)
Andrew V. McLaglen directs the Western drama The Rare Breed, based on the real-life introduction of English Hereford cattle to the American West in the 1880s. Maureen O'Hara plays Martha Price, an widowed Englishwoman who convinces rancher Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) to use her new cattle breed. James Stewart stars as ranch hand Sam Burnett, a rambler who agrees to take the rare bull to Texas in order to breed it with the longhorns. He also accepts a bribe along the way from the lawless Taylor (Alan Caillou). The determined Martha and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) demand to go along for the trip, leading to Burnett having to rescue them from several bouts of Western-style danger. Soon Bowen loses faith in the breeding idea, but Burnett has grown to believe in the bull. The bull dies after the harsh winter, but Burnett saves one of its calves. He and Martha decide to start their own cattle ranch. Meanwhile, Hilary begins a romance with Bowen's son Jamie (Don Galloway). Also starring Jack Elam as swindler Deke Simons. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Rare Breed
Unconvincing studio sets and uninspired direction don't help in lifting this above other bloated, awkward studio productions of the period.
Colorful but soft-edged Stewart western about cattle breedin'.
Audience Reviews for The Rare Breed
I quite like The Rare Breed as it is an odd but successful combination of shared British and American mannerisms. On one side you have the naive arrogance and charmingly full-hardy attitude of the British elite and the brash stubbornness and blind faith of the old West, neither was ever very good at being told what could and couldn't be done and so they got on and did what ever it is they wanted, regardless. They succeeded too. Also, I really like Maureen O'Hara's sass, Brian Keith over-acting, James Stewart's voice and furry Cows. The overlooked alternative western.More
Average western with Brian Keith giving a ridiculously over the top performance in what must be the worst red wig ever seen in a movie. Otherwise the stars turn in their usual professional jobs but there is nothing out of the ordinary here.More
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