The Shepherd of the Hills (1919 film)

The Shepherd of the Hills is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Louis F. Gottschalk and Harold Bell Wright, and based off Bell Wright's popular 1909 novel of the same name. It was remade again in 1941 by director Henry Hathaway.

The Shepherd of the Hills
Promotion in Exhibitors Herald, 1920
Directed byLouis F. Gottschalk
Harold Bell Wright
Written byHarold Bell Wright
StarringHarry Lonsdale
Cathrine Curtis
George A. McDaniel
CinematographyHomer Scott
Distributed byW.T. Gaskell
Release date
  • May 1919 (1919-05) (USA)
Running time
10 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


A world-weary man arrives in a small Ozark town to atone for the wrongdoing of his son, who had a child with one of the town's residents and split town years earlier.[1][2]


  • Harry Lonsdale as the Shepherd
  • Cathrine Curtis as Sammy Lane
  • George A. McDaniel as Young Matt
  • Don Bailey as Old Matt
  • Elizabeth Rhodes as Aunt Molly
  • Lon Poff as Jim Lane
  • C. Edward Raynor as Little Pete
  • Bert Sprotte as Wash Gibbs
  • George Hackathorne as Ollie Stuart
  • Louis Darclay as The Artist
  • E.K. Kendall as Postmaster
  • Ardita Mellinina as The Girl at the Spring (credited as Ardita Mellonino)
  • William De Vaull as Doctor (credited as William P. Du Vaull)
  • J. Edwin Brown as Uncle Ike


Wright was heavily involved in the production of the film; he preferred to shoot the film as more of a traditional play rather than cutting in and using close-ups of the actors.[3] He even cast a neighbor, Phoenix resident Cathrine Curtis, as his leading lady. The film was produced by the Clune Film Company over the course of several months spanning from 1917 to 1918, and was shot in California and the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.[4][5]


  1. "Shepherd of the Hills at Empire". The Buffalo Times. April 20, 1920. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  2. "What the Davenport Theaters Will Offer Next Week". The Daily Times. March 1, 1919. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. "The Author Does It All". The Wilmington Morning Star. December 21, 1919. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ""The Eyes of the World"". The Daily Ardmoreite. June 22, 1918. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. "Coming to the Grand". The Topeka Daily Capital. March 15, 1919. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
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