The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)

The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)

The Shepherd of the Hills





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Harold Bell Wright's bestselling novel The Shepherd of the Hills had been previously filmed in 1919 and 1928 before Paramount offered the first talkie version in 1941. In one of his least typical roles, John Wayne plays a young Ozark backwoodsman forsworn to kill his father, who years earlier abandoned his mother. Against this personal crisis is played the larger drama of outsiders who threaten to push Wayne's friends and family off their land. Fate plays a hand when a mysterious stranger … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Grover Jones, Stuart Anthony
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On DVD: Feb 17, 1998
Paramount Pictures

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as Young Matt

as Sammy Lane

as Aunt Mollie

as Daniel Howitt

as Old Matt Matthews

as Andy Beeler

as Granny Becky

as Wash Gibbs

as Pete Matthews

as Coot Royal

as Mr. Palestrom

as Jim Lane

as Elvy Royal

as Baby Royal

as Mrs. Palestrom

as Charlie

as Man with Mustache

as Bald Knobber

as Bald Knobber

as Bald Knobber

as Pete Matthews

as Pete Matthews
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All Critics (2)

One of John Wayne's better films before he became a star due to Henry Hathaway's solid direction, Duke's own acting, and strong supporting cast.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007

Well-acted, especially by Wayne.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
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The Duke is a bit more introverted in this than was usual, delivering a quiet strong piece of work. Solid supporting work from the rest of the cast and beautiful Technicolor photography.

jay nixon

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Duke gives a particularly impressive dramatic performance in this early film of his. People don't often give Duke his due for being much more than just a big, tough action hero. The fact is that he was always a much better actor than most people gave him credit for being.

Christopher Poole

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