"Shepherd of the Hills"

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    • "Shepherd of the Hills"

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      "Shepherd of the Hills"

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      “The Shepherd of the Hills” is a 1941 film based on a novel of the same name. Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor and containing excellent performances by Harry Carey, John Wayne, Betty Field, and others, I’m really not sure why this film isn’t a classic. The plot is simple, but beautiful and moving, one of Director Henry Hathaway’s greatest cinematic achievements. Our story begins in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.

      Deep in the Ozark Mountains, buried within the shade of thousands of whispering pines, dogwoods, oaks, and cedars, lay a valley. The valley was old and beautiful. But this beautiful, old valley held a dark and terrible secret. For in the heart of these shady trees and golden sunshine, lived a people in a terrible bondage. While the hills rang with the songs of birds and the golden sun shone down, the truth was seen clearly in people’s faces. Their faces were tired, old beyond their time, and trapped in a seemingly unbreakable bondage of fear.

      Into this valley of dark and hopelessness comes the hero of our story, one Daniel Howitt (Harry Carey). The mountain folk initially distrust this tall stranger from the city, as they do all strangers who enter their land. They don’t understand why anyone would come to this country of their own free will, let alone settle down here as the stranger plans to do. Meanwhile Mr. Howitt makes one friend, young Sammy Lane (Betty Field), then begins quietly and steadily to win over the…
      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." (Jim Elliot)
    • I, too, think the film under rated and woefully ignored. With what we know of the personal relationship between the two men, in real life, it is a joy to see them enact those feelings onscreen. We only had Harry, Sr for a few more years.

      I had the pleasure two years ago of identifying a large batch of clothes then liberated from Western Costume, and was thrilled to find Harry's suit from this film. SO thrilled, I purchased it.Harry Sr SOTH.PNG

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    • I've actually trimmed my wardrobe collection due to space and lack of display, but I would guess I still have 30 or so.

      With vintage collectibles, it is almost a miracle to find survivors, as most pieces were rented, and when used, went back to the costume house to be worn over and over again. Often, they ended up in bins, distressed or discarded. Putting together pants, shirt and coat is extremely difficult. Fortunately, Wayne kept most of his stuff, as he bought it rather than rented it, and Michael got into Western Costume in the late 90s and bought several racks of mostly older pieces he had worn in earlier films still in use. Rare, so much from a single iconic actor, which explains why the 2011 sale grossed $5.4M.

      That hoard the Harry, Sr. came out of was a special event. Also found in the 100s of pieces was Richard Widmark's coat from THE ALAMO and Ward Bond's long coat from the second half of THE SEARCHERS. In addition, James Mason's 'Captain Nemo' coat from 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and several pieces from TVs THE WILD WILD WEST which included Dr. Loveless' lab coat worn in 3 episodes.
    • Still thinking of Harry, Sr. this AM. Don't know why, but he was always known to me as a kid, most likely from MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, but later I saw HAPPY LAND and liked that even better. Hard to forget that deep gravely voice and stoic visage.
      It was years later I saw SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS.
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