The Sheepman

The Sheepman

George Marshall (1958)

85min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Directed with wit and style by veteran George Marshall (Destry Rides Again), this wonderful Glenn Ford comedy western co-stars a splendidly raucous and unusually sympathetic Shirley MacLaine. The opening is a real humdinger and sets the style for the rest of the movie as Ford's milk-drinking sheep farmer (in cattle country!) picks a fight with local character Mickey Shaughnessy, proving that he's not a man to trifle with. Edgar Buchanan is particularly memorable, but The Naked Gun's Leslie Nielsen is as wan a second lead as ever. Still, it's Ford's movie, and a reminder that he was not only Hollywood's most popular star of this period, but one of America's finest and most eminently satisfying actors to watch.

Summary

A stranger arrives in a cattle-farming frontier town and announces his intention to farm livestock in the area. When it emerges that his animal of choice is sheep rather than cows, he earns the mistrust of the locals, and one rancher in particular, who will stop at nothing to drive him from the area. Comedy Western, starring Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine and Leslie Nielsen.

Cast & Crew

Jason Sweet Glenn Ford
Dell Payton Shirley MacLaine
Col Bedford Leslie Nielsen
Jumbo McCall Mickey Shaughnessy
Milt Masters Edgar Buchanan
Mr Payton Willis B Bouchey
Choctaw Pernell Roberts
Marshal Slim Pickens
Director George Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Comedy Drama