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The Shepherd of the Hills1941

The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)





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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 wanders into the community. Not at all the action picture one would expect from star John Wayne and director Henry Hathaway, Shepherd of the Hills takes its own sweet time, unfolding its story in a leisurely pace befitting its slow-moving characters. The film's rich Technicolor photography adds to the restfully rustic ambience of this unusual entertainment..


John Wayne
as Young Matt
Betty Field
as Sammy Lane
Beulah Bondi
as Aunt Mollie
Harry Carey
as Daniel Howitt
James Barton
as Old Matt Matthews
Samuel S. Hinds
as Andy Beeler
Marjorie Main
as Granny Becky
Ward Bond
as Wash Gibbs
Marc Lawrence
as Pete Matthews
John Qualen
as Coot Royal
Fuzzy Knight
as Mr. Palestrom
Tom Fadden
as Jim Lane
Dorothy Adams
as Elvy Royal
Vivita Campbell
as Baby Royal
Fern Emmett
as Mrs. Palestrom
John Harmon
as Charlie
Hank Bell
as Man with Mustache
William Haade
as Bald Knobber
Henry Brandon
as Bald Knobber
Jim Corey
as Bald Knobber
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Critic Reviews for The Shepherd of the Hills

All Critics (4)

Among the films considered as true jewels, that deserves all kinds of awards and honors. [Full review in Spanish]

September 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The Shepherd of the Hills doesn't always work. But when it does, it's as pretty a bluegrass poem as has ever been written.

December 28, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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.

December 28, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Well-acted, especially by Wayne.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shepherd of the Hills


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.

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