The Shepherd of the Hills

Synopsis: Young Matt Masters, an Ozark Mountains moonshiner, hates the father he has never seen, who apparently deserted Matt's mother and left her to die. His obsession contributes to the hatred rampant in the mountains. However, the arrival of a stranger, Daniel Howitt, begins to positively affect the mountain people, who learn to shed their hatred under his gentle influence. Still, Matt does not quite trust Howitt.....
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: Paramount Pictures
98 min

Givin' the sick a soon start to die,

makin' the well dark-eyed and fearful.

Why can't your dead mother

keep her unhappiness in her grave?

Leave my mother be.

Oh, Matt, why do you keep doin' it?

All the way up the trail he bled.

What are you talkin' about?

They shot him, Matt.

Did they...

I'm all right.

What happened? I was drinkin'

when I should've been watchin'.

Andy Beeler?


And two new ones with him.

Looks like... he'll never learn.

Well, they're startin' somethin'

they better know how to finish.

Who's he?

My name's Daniel Howitt.

What's he here for?

He's my cousin.

Now, that isn't...

This here's young Matt Mathews.

Mr. Howitt says he's gonna live here.

That's right. I plan to stay here.

It ain't likely for strangers...

to find these parts to settle down in.

I brought along some

good fishing tackle.

We might give 'em a try

when the weather's right.

Let me know can I do

anything for ya, Jim.

Even Sammy's sayin' it now, Ma.

All the lies they teached her.

Blamin' us for all

their ails and sufferin'.

You for all the unseen things

God lets be.

Me for the fightin' and meanness.

Well, maybe they're right

about me, but you...

I'll stop 'em.

Some one of these days I'll find him,

him that... never came back to ya.

Do you suppose the Mathews

would sell me some of their land?

Might... if you was that crazy.

They got money cramps.

But don't let 'em sell ya

Moanin' Meadow.

Moanin' Meadow?

That's where the hant comes from.

Frogs as quiet as grave rocks,

and the light comin' from nowhere.

The trees don't rustle,

and the flowers grow big,

but they don't have pretty smells.

Bad land,

like everything has got

the name of Mathews is bad, exceptin'

'Ceptin' Young Matt!

He ain't naturally bad.

Them's the ones that makes him so.

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Grover Jones

Grover Jones (November 15, 1893 – September 24, 1940) was an American screenwriter - often teamed with William Slavens McNutt - and film director. He wrote more than 104 films between 1920 and his death. He also was a film journal publisher and prolific short story writer. Jones was born in Rosedale, Indiana, grew up in West Terre Haute, Indiana, and died in Hollywood, California. He was the father of American polo pioneer Sue Sally Hale. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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