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The Shepherd of the Hills (1928)

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Previously filmed in 1920, Harold Bell Wright's "backwoods" novel Shepherd of the Hills was remade in 1928. The story is motivated by a drought which threatens the well-being of every resident of an Ozark ranching community. Into this situation steps the Shepherd of the Hills (Alec B. Francis), a charismatic preacher with a checkered past. Somehow the future of the community is in the hands of local hell-raiser Matt (John Boles), who, unbeknownst to himself, is the Shepherd's grandson. The problem: Young Matt is foresworn to kill the man who did wrong to his mother, and this "curse" overrides any inherent goodness in the boy. Shepherd of the Hills was remade in 1941 with John Wayne and Harry Carey, then again in 1963.

Cast

Alec B. Francis
as The Shepherd
Molly O'Day
as Sammy Lane
John Boles
as Young Matt
Matthew Betz
as Wash Gibbs
Otis Harlan
as "By Thunder"
Maurice Murphy
as Little Pete
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Critic Reviews for The Shepherd of the Hills

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Old-fashioned as a hair sofa is this movie carved from a Harold Bell Wright best seller. Dully, the story preaches the value of turning the other cheek, the ex-minister here involved turning his with the monotony of a metronome.

September 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The part of the shepherd is well played by Alec B. Francis, and Molly O'Day is the heroine. There are some fine outback scenes in the picture.

September 9, 2020 | Full Review…

It has some sterling features, notably a strikingly good performance by Alec B. Francis in a role that might easily have been played so that it would either have been absurd or lost its whole effect.

September 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The fresh simplicity of The Shepherd of the Hills is distinctly unusual and agreeable. It has minor faults, such as an occasional moment of mawkishness; but, on the whole, it keeps the Interest buoyant and strongly moving.

April 8, 2019 | Full Review…

They've taken this Harold Bell Wright story and done very well by it.

September 9, 2020 | Full Review…

It starts draggily, but gradually picks up as the conflict of love, faith and hate get working.

September 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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