The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)

The Shepherd of the Hills
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TitleThe Shepherd of the Hills
Year1941
CountryUSA
GenreWestern (Movies)
Run Time1h 38 min
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The Shepherd of the Hills is a 1941 American drama film starring John Wayne, Betty Field and Harry Carey. The supporting cast includes Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Marjorie Main and John Qualen. The picture was Wayne’s first film in Technicolor and was based on the novel of the same name by Harold Bell Wright. The director was Henry Hathaway, who directed several other Wayne films including True Grit almost three decades later. The story was filmed previously in the silent era by author Wright himself in 1919, released on State Rights basis. It was filmed again, in The Shepherd of the Hills (1928 film), starring Molly O’Day at First National Pictures. Again remade as 1964, also color version.

The film also prominently features two uncredited pieces of music. The first is used as a leit motif to represent the spirit of Young Matt’s deceased mother: the Wiegenlied (“Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht” [1868]) of Johannes Brahms, commonly known in English as the Brahms Lullaby. The second uncredited composition was “There’s A Happy Hunting Ground”, words and music copyrighted by Sam Coslow, sung by “Fuzzy” Knight, accompanied by an a cappella onscreen chorus in multi-voiced harmony; the song is sung again by the chorus alone over the closing credits.

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The Shepherd of the Hills
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Cast:

John Wayne John Wayne
Young Matt
Betty Field Betty Field
Sammy Lane
Harry Carey Harry Carey
Daniel Howitt
Beulah Bondi Beulah Bondi
Aunt Mollie
Samuel S. Hinds Samuel S. Hinds
Andy Beeler

The Shepherd of the Hills is a 1941 American drama film starring John Wayne, Betty Field and Harry Carey. The supporting cast includes Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Marjorie Main and John Qualen. The picture was Wayne’s first film in Technicolor and was based on the novel of the same name by Harold Bell Wright. The director was Henry Hathaway, who directed several other Wayne films including True Grit almost three decades later. The story was filmed previously in the silent era by author Wright himself in 1919, released on State Rights basis. It was filmed again, in The Shepherd of the Hills (1928 film), starring Molly O’Day at First National Pictures. Again remade as 1964, also color version.

The film also prominently features two uncredited pieces of music. The first is used as a leit motif to represent the spirit of Young Matt’s deceased mother: the Wiegenlied (“Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht” [1868]) of Johannes Brahms, commonly known in English as the Brahms Lullaby. The second uncredited composition was “There’s A Happy Hunting Ground”, words and music copyrighted by Sam Coslow, sung by “Fuzzy” Knight, accompanied by an a cappella onscreen chorus in multi-voiced harmony; the song is sung again by the chorus alone over the closing credits.

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