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The Sheepman (1958)





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The Sheepman was touted as a comedy by some of MGM's publicity people. It really isn't, but this western does have its lighthearted moments. Glenn Ford stars as a hard-bitten sheep farmer, running up against the opposition of cattle ranchers. Shirley MacLaine is a no-nonsense frontier girl who becomes the bone of contention between Ford and cattle baron Leslie Nielsen. Ford is able to get a leg-up in the community by humiliating Nielsen's top gun (Mickey Shaughnessy) in public. The range war comes to an end when Ford and Nielsen go one-to-one. Because The Sheepman didn't do well in its initial engagements, MGM reissued the picture under the more aggressive title The Stranger With a Gun.


Glenn Ford
as Jason Sweet
Shirley MacLaine
as Dell Payton
Leslie Nielsen
as Johnny Bledsoe
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Jumbo McCall
Edgar Buchanan
as Milt Masters
Slim Pickens
as Marshal
Harry Woods
as Cattle Rancher in Restaurant
Roscoe Ates
as Town Loafer
Harry Harvey
as General Store Proprietor
Tom Greenway
as Rancher
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The always reliable Glenn Ford is perfect for the part, but the film is stolen by the shifty W.C. Fields windbag misanthropic comic character portrayal by Edgar Buchanan.

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Audience Reviews for The Sheepman

Shirley MacLaine steals the show as Dell, a Jean's & Cowboy Boots wearing, Annie Oakley-esque Gunslinging woman who also is as comfortable in a frilly gown. She has her choice of her two rival leading men, Glenn Ford as Jason Sweet, the unwelcome Sheepman, & Leslie Nielsen as Col.Bedford, the towns most prominent Cattle Hearder.The Overbearing Jason Sweet sets up his herd of Sheep to graze in Cattle Country, that doesn't set well with the town, who is under the influence of Col.Bedford, & they trick him & drive him out of town on the rails, but Sweet comes back.Hired gunman are brought in, & there is a Gunfight & Dell & an Old Man are his only help, but Sweet isn't a man you can get rid of, & he gets the girl too.Fairly predictable, but entertaining.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Although I am not a huge fan of westerns, this one is quite good. Glenn Ford westerns are most always good. The touches of comedy throughout is a plus and make it very entertaining. Well above average oater.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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