I just caught this little gem on AMC. I missed the opening credits so Ihad no idea who directed it. As the film progressed, I was like "Thishas GOT to be a John Ford film." After all, it features John Wayne,Harry Carey, Ward Bond and lots of wonderful Ford like shots. Awonderfully photographed and directed film. It even has Marjorie Mainin a character role that's a total departure from her normal,boisterous parts we all know and expect from this great actress. Then Ilooked it up here at the IMDb and saw that it was Henry Hathaway'sfilm. I never thought of Hathaway as a bad director by any means, butwow! This simply has the look of a well crafted classic beginning toend. Highly recommended.
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The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)
A mysterious stranger arrives in the Missouri hills and befriends a young backwoods girl. Much to the dislike of her moonshiner fiancé who has vowed to find and kill his own father.
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Young Matt Masters, an Ozark Mountains moonshiner, hates the father he has never seen, who apparently deserted Matt's mother and left her to die. His obsession contributes to the hatred rampant in the mountains. However, the arrival of a stranger, Daniel Howitt, begins to positively affect the mountain people, who learn to shed their hatred under his gentle influence. Still, Matt does not quite trust Howitt.....
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Reviewed byMCL1150Vote: 8/10/10
I first saw "The Shepherd of the Hills" outdoor drama when we visitedBranson for the first time, in the late 1970's. My family and I weretotally unfamiliar with this southwest Missouri area, and this was onlya few years prior to the Branson area's "explosion" onto theentertainment scene. It expanded from 6 or 8 theaters, then, withperhaps 5,000 seats, to several times this number today, with moreseats than all of Broadway. It's possible there now for someone toattend something like 50 or 60 shows for a month - one every eveningand a number of breakfast or matinée performances - and never see thesame one twice, with additional ones available if one wishes to begin asecond month.
From earlier days, and continuing today, two of the cornerstoneattractions in the Branson area are Silver Dollar City theme park(modeled after an 1880's silver mining complex, but with 21st-centuryNew York City or Hollywood pricing) and The Shepherd of the Hills farm,the original cabin, the large outdoor amphitheater which presents alavish production of the story, a restaurant, gift shop, etc. They alsohave all the information about characters upon whom the book is based,and Harold Bell Wright, that one could possibly want to know (and thensome!).
This film's "version" of the book and story is well-played, the scenerywell-photographed (especially since footage was done 65 years ago), andthe characters interesting. However, the story here represents the bookabout as well as if John Wayne's film, "Red River," had been presentedwith this title and its characters renamed to coincide with this story.
First, the elder Mathews were not a female moonshiner and her wimpyhusband. They were leading citizens, operated the mill, and were anasset to their rural community and their fellow residents.
Young Matt and Sammy, as a "couple", were more like characters from"The Waltons" than those portrayed. The "Shepherd" was also a modelcitizen-type, no gunfighter or ex-con, and was no relation to YoungMatt whatever.
Actually, the Shepherd was the father of the young man who had fatheredthe mentally-challenged young Pete, the son of the Mathews' latedaughter. His son had loved her, had returned East not realizing he hadleft her pregnant, and was prevented by his father (the Shepherd) fromreturning, and subsequently disappeared.
The Shepherd had come to the area to view the situation and attemptamends. During the actual book (and the drama as still presented inBranson today) the unknown "specter" character appears throughout, isshot, and dies, but before passing, is discovered to be the Shepherd'slost son, and there is a heartfelt resolution of matters towards theend.
The Shepherd also achieves rapprochement with Old Matt, who hadthreatened mayhem should he ever encounter the man he blamed for hisdaughter's broken heart and death.
Wash Gibbs is a nefarious character, with designs upon Sammy, and arival of Matt - in both versions - but in the book he is still a"Baldnobber" and gangster. The "Baldknobbers" were vigilantes who haddone worthy things for the citizenry in the post-Civil War period, withcarpetbaggers and others attempting to plunder the areas - but like alot of such groups, when there was no further need for their goodworks, they turned their prodigious physical strengths to illegal,self-serving ends.
Several interesting, key characters from the novel are missing fromthis film; e.g., Jim Lane (Sammy's father) is more of a key elementthan shown here. And the Marjorie Main character, with the over-the-topscene where she regains her sight, represents no key element ofWright's story. The name "Moanin' Meadow," and its representation inthe movie have no part in Wright's book. While in both presentations,the characters were simple "hill folk," neither sophisticated noreducated - the film provides many with a far greater "bumpkin" image.
Again, this is an excellent film, but I would have enjoyed even moreseeing the same characters presented as actually portrayed by Wright.
Rural drama quite mellow, but well done, helped by a good casting. BettyField at maybe her best performance at movies pictures; John Wayne at hisfirst film in color after the grandiose The Stagecoach; Harry Carey in thePriest; Beulah Bondi at one of her characteristic works playing anembittered woman; the very used by master John Ford, War Bond. And, last butnot least, an splendid photography in wonderful Technicolor. I though it wasa western and I find instead a strange community making whisky clandestinelyat Ozark Mountains Region, Arkansas,who remind me some people I meet in atrip to North of England, near Kyle of Lochals, very reluctant to contactwith foreigns. I like the 80% of the film, that was made with conviction,professionalism and care by excellent craftsman Henry Hathaway. It is is abite too much melodramatic and out of date, but interesting. I give it anseven.