The Rare Breed

The Rare Breed

Andrew V McLaglen (1966)

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Our Score
In this warm-hearted, sprawling western, widow Maureen O'Hara imports a prize Hereford bull to the Old West for breeding purposes. The pleasure's really in watching the languid by-play between O'Hara, lovable drifter James Stewart and rugged cattle baron Brian Keith, and enjoying a supporting cast that looks like it stepped out of a John Ford movie. Novelty is provided by Juliet Mills, Hayley's sister, and jolly pretty she is too in cinematographer William H Clothier's landscapes. Director Andrew V McLaglen brings out the best in his actors, and if it is all a bit jovial and sub-Ford, well, that's no bad thing.


An English widow decides to fulfil her cattle farmer husband's final wish of introducing the Hereford breed to America. She finds a cattleman in Texas willing to help, but first she and her daughter must transport their prize bull across the wilderness, with the aid of a sceptical ranch hand. Romantic comedy Western, starring Maureen O'Hara and James Stewart.

Cast & Crew

Martha Price Maureen O'Hara
Sam Burnett James Stewart
Alexander Bowen Brian Keith
Hilary Price Juliet Mills
Jeff Harter Ben Johnson
Jamie Bowen Don Galloway
Charles Ellsworth David Brian
Deke Simons Jack Elam
Director Andrew V McLaglen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD
Comedy Drama