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The Rare Breed (1966)

The Rare Breed (1966)




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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.
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James Stewart
as Sam Burnett
Maureen O'Hara
as Martha Evans
Brian Keith
as Alexander Bowen
Juliet Mills
as Hilary Price
Don Galloway
as Jamie Bowen
David Brian
as Charles Ellsworth
Jack Elam
as Deke Simons
Ben Johnson
as Jeff Harter
Harry Carey Jr.
as Ed Mabry
Larry Domasin
as Alberto
Alan Caillou
as Taylor
Robert Gravage
as Cattle Buyer
Tex Armstrong
as Barker
Gregg Palmer
as Rodenbush
Buff Brady
as Stunt player
Bob Gravage
as Cattle Buyer
Joe Ferrante
as Esteban
John Harris
as Stunt player
James O'Hara
as Sagamon
Ted Mapes
as Liveryman
Leroy Johnson
as Stunt player
Larry J. Blake
as Auctioneer
Buddy Van Horn
as Stunt player
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Critic Reviews for The Rare Breed

All Critics (6)

Unconvincing studio sets and uninspired direction don't help in lifting this above other bloated, awkward studio productions of the period.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

Banal and lifeless.

Full Review… | November 12, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Colorful but soft-edged Stewart western about cattle breedin'.

December 27, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Rare Breed

Your average James Stewart Western, but with some decent little things here and there. Despite his age, James does a surprising bit of brawling and wrangling. I would consider this a superior western than the likes of Night Passagey, but only just.

Paris Smith
Paris Smith

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A rodeo man is hired (by two different agents) to deliver a rare Hereford bull. An almost passionless Stewart, and a "no surprises" performance by Maureen O'Hara turn what could have been an interesting outing into a stale affair.

Tim Henry
Tim Henry

nconvincing studio sets and uninspired direction don't help in lifting this above other bloated, awkward studio productions of the period.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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