And in 1941 the Wayne persona was still malleable; studios were still experimenting with what kind of vehicles best suited this tall, handsome, earnest young man. As Howitt tends his flocks on Moaning Meadow, folks roundabout come to regard him, both literally and figuratively, as a good shepherd. In 1922, however, he was an eager young go-getter, an exhibitor looking to get into production after making a killing on a quickie exploitation flick about the passing of San Francisco's Barbary Coast. His books were hugely popular, but their very popularity had saturated the market; there simply wasn't that much to be made from republishing them. Enter the Characters Name: The Character has the same name in both the Book and the Movie The Character only exists in the Book The Character only exists in the Movie The Character has a different name in the Movie Enter the Characters Name in the : Enter the Actor who played the character in the : Enter the Actor who played the character in the :.
This is based on a novel by John Fox, Jr. The real money was in putting them on the screen, and he had traded that chance to Lesser. Wayne and Carey resolve their differences, leaving Field free to marry Wayne. By 1919, 40 million people had read this novel, which is mind boggling. Stuart Heisler was a textbook example of the reliable studio hack, and I think I can spot some of the scenes he directed after Freeman took Shepherd out of Hathaway's hands. This is not, however, as dark as Trail our Mary is much perkier and more resilient than Sylvia Sidney in the sound film , and she eventually rejects the son of the rich man who has taken her into his family a young John Gilbert and goes back to the hills to marry her childhood sweetheart.
In recent years, that number has been 1,400 or less, not even filling up the theater. But you couldn't ignore her on screen; whatever she had, she brought it to roles as different as the slatternly Mae in Of Mice and Men 1939 , poisonous bad-news Kay in Blues in the Night '41 , and the tormented Cassie Tower in Kings Row '42. Shepherd of the Hills would be their last picture together; on September 24, 1940, while Shepherd was in post-production, Grover Jones died of complications following surgery. By that time, he might simply have washed his hands of Hollywood altogether -- and thereby hangs a tale. He befriends Sammy Lane and her father Jim, staying with them until he persuades the Matthewses to sell him Moaning Meadow.
This one was taken from a novel by Harold Bell Wright, a writer who was, if anything, even more popular in his day than Lonesome Pine author John Fox Jr. Certainly, even as late as 1941 the name of Harold Bell Wright was one to conjure with; in this magazine ad for the picture, Wright's name appears above the title, not once but twice. Years earlier, his son betrayed a mountaineer's daughter, and The Shepherd hopes to atone for his error. The script for Shepherd is credited to Jones and Stuart Anthony, in that order. Running time 98 minutes Country United States Language English The Shepherd of the Hills is a 1941 American starring , and.
Wayne plays a young moonshiner out for revenge. The Shepherd of the Hills 1919 2015-05-15 The Film Archives The movie was Wayne's first film in Technicolor and was based on the novel of the same name by Harold Bell Wright. Another is the picture's hasty and too-pat final scene, where the writing has a let's-wrap-things-up hurry to it, with little of Grover Jones's ear for the artless poetry of rural speech -- and the staging shows little of Hathaway's instinct for where to put the camera. He was already a star, albeit in the kind of movies that didn't play Radio City or the Roxy, or win Oscars or make the New York Times 10-best list. As it is, at 98 minutes, The Shepherd of the Hills gives us Harry Carey toward the end of his career and John Wayne and Betty Field near the beginning of theirs, all of them -- and Henry Hathaway and Grover Jones, too -- at their best.
Still not movie-star glamourous, no competition for Ava Gardner or Maureen O'Hara, but beautiful -- in a way that perfectly suits the earthy, simple and pure-hearted character of Sammy Lane. The director was , who directed several other Wayne films including almost three decades later. Frank Freeman brought in another writer Stuart Anthony? Others took the opportunity to stand atop Inspiration Tower one last time. It had 3,000 people on the best nights at the height of its success. The best of the lot just may be Betty Field in Shepherd. The supporting cast includes , , and.
She wasn't really star material, never conventionally glamourous, and she didn't always photograph well. In the novel she's a nurturing, kindly, loyal wife and friend, but in this film she is a shrill, nasty. It was filmed again, in 1928, at. I hope for their sakes that they're open to it. My father used to sing it.
Francis , a stranger, comes among the mountain folk of the Missouri hills and, taken in by an Ozark family, becomes known as The Shepherd because of his gentle and kindly ways. Her Sammy is feisty and independent, uneducated and superstitious -- muttering half-heard incantations, drawing symbols and spitting in the dirt before venturing into Moaning Meadow -- but no fool. Mary plays herself at 13 a real stretch and 20ish more believable , and she rides well and appears to handle a rifle like a young frontier sharpshooter. In 1960 a group in Branson, Missouri formed The Shepherd of the Hills Historical Society. The Institute of Outdoor Drama in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has recognized it as America's most attended outdoor theater.