The Shepherd of the Hills

The Shepherd of the Hills

Henry Hathaway (1941)

PG Certificate


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The 2010 thriller Winter's Bone was set among the moonshine community of the Ozark Mountains and starred Jennifer Lawrence as a daughter looking for her errant father. This 1943 yarn is set in the same rural backwater and features John Wayne as the young moonshiner plotting revenge against the estranged father he blames for his mother's death. The heavyweight presence of Wayne helps make this one of the best adaptations of Harold Bell Wright's Missouri-set novel. Betty Field also shines as the woman who won't marry Wayne while he's consumed with hatred. The Duke makes the most of his opportunity here, cementing his new-found stardom after Stagecoach in a part that seems so different to his later roles, while no-nonsense director Henry Hathaway marshals the splendid cast with typical control and efficiency.


The people of a remote mountain community face being driven from their land until they receive help from a mysterious stranger. Although the new arrival soon wins over the locals, an embittered man consumed by hatred for his missing father is suspicious of him. Western, starring John Wayne, Harry Carey and Betty Field.

Cast & Crew

Young Matt Matthews John Wayne
Daniel Howitt Harry Carey
Sammy Lane Betty Field
Aunt Mollie Beulah Bondi
Old Matt Matthews James Barton
Andy Beeler Samuel S Hinds
Granny Becky Marjorie Main
Wash Gibbs Ward Bond
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: DVD