Shepherd of the Hills, The


Shepherd of the Hills, The

In his first Technicolor film, John Wayne stars in the tough guy role of Matt Mathews, a young hillbilly moonshiner. Burdened from boyhood by a family tragedy, his life is driven by the need to avenge his mother's abandonment by an uncaring father. The stern family matriarch Granny Becky (Marjorie Main) in the absence of both parents, has taken over the leadership duties for the extended family of moonshiners. The arrival of a stranger (Harry Carey) is cause for alarm in this small community whose main source of revenue is illegal corn whiskey. This stranger, a quiet older man, has healing ways that begin to alter the face of the community. Rejected by the locals, he is befriended by Matt's pretty barefoot girlfriend (Betty Field) who learns the secret of his healing powers and the curse of vengeance that torments the man she loves. The heated confrontation between the two men leads to a startling climax that threatens to tear the town apart.


  • John Wayne

  • Betty Field

  • Harry Carey, Jr.


Henry Hathaway


Bonus Features

Technical Information

  • Run Time: 98
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated ()
  • Audio: English
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • n/a
  • Picture: Full Frame (1.33:1)
Shepherd of the Hills, The

  • Not Rated
  • Drama Western
  • 98min