1964, 110 minutes, color,
International. This movies is also known as Thunder Mountain.
Reviews: The only 1964 review I have seen is
in the Motion Picture Guide (MPG). The reviewer says nothing
good or bad about the film, but the description of the plot is rather
confusing. Rick Gunter, Wright movie collector says, "In
the film version of Harold Bell Wright's 1907 novel, the Shepherd is
attacked and wounded by the Baldknobbers. He is taken to the Matthews
family cabin to recover and becomes involved in their problems. The
Matthews family does not know that the Shepherd is actually the father
of the young artist, Howard, who deserted their pregnant daughter years
before. The daughter had died in childbirth and her son is now a
mentally-disabled boy named Pete who lives in the woods. There is also a
love triangle between the Matthews' son, Young Matt, the beautiful Sammy
Lane, and her city fiance Ollie Stewart."
According to the MPG, Ollie Stewart (Houk)
overhears bad-guy Wash Gibbs (Collie) bragging about robbing a
bank. Ollie tells the sheriff what he heard, a gun-fight breaks
out, and Ollie is killed. The Shepherd confesses he is the father
of Howard and grandfather of Pete. While he is confessing he tells
the Matthews family about the gold he has secretly been mining and
stashing, and gives it to them. They use it to help the community,
and of course Young Matt and Sammy are married.
It is apparently quite close to the story Harold
Bell Wright penned in 1907.
Release: Howco International Pictures
Production: Jim McCulloch, Howco
Director: Ben Parker
Writing/Screenplay: Ben Parker, from Harold Bell
Wright's novel by same name.
N. Houck Jr.
The Shepherd of the Hills Theatre (Branson, MO) $24.95 (2008)
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