The Sheepman (1958)

Director: George Marshall
Writer: James Edward Grant (Story), William Roberts (Adaptation) William Bowers, James Edward Grant (Screenplay)
Producer: Edmund Grainger
Cinematographer: Robert J. Bronner
Editor: Ralph E. Winters - Colour Consultant: Charles K. Hagedon
Art Direction: Malcolm Brown, William A. Horning
Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Hugh Hunt
Costumes: Walter Plunkett
Make-Up: Sydney Guilaroff (Hair Stylist), William Tuttle (Make-up Artist)
Assistant Director: Al Jennings
Sound Recordist: Wesley C. Miller (Recording Supervisior)
Music: Jeff Alexander
Stunts: George Bruggeman, Ralph Bucko, Bill Clark, Gene Coogan, Martha Crawford (Shirley MacLaine's Stunt Double), Bill Hale, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Kermit Maynard, Frank Mills, Bob Reeves, Clint Sharp, Cap Somers, Ray Spiker, Harry Wilson

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
General Release Date: 1 May 1958 (UK), 7 May 1958 (USA)


Glenn Ford as Jason Sweet
Shirley MacLaine as Dell Payton
Leslie Nielsen as Col. Stephen Bedford
Mickey Shaughnessy as Jumbo McCall
Edgar Buchanan as Milt Masters
Willis Bouchey as Frank Payton
Pernell Roberts as Chocktaw Neal
Slim Pickens as Marshal
Robert 'Buzz' Henry as Red (Credited as Buzz Henry)
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Angelo

Richard Alexander as Barfly (uncredited)
Leon Alton as Party Guest (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates as Town Loafer (uncredited)
Emile Avery as Party Guest (uncredited)
Walter Bacon as Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Bagley as Townsman (uncredited)
Irene Barton as Mme. Fifi (uncredited)
Danny Borzage as Accordionist (uncredited)
John Bose as Townsman (uncredited)
George Boyce as Party Guest (uncredited)
Lane Bradford as Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg as Townsman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman as Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Brandy Bryan as Miss Rafferty (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko as Townsman (uncredited)
Lorraine Carol as Amy Masterson (uncredited)
Edith Clair as Party Guest (uncredited)
Bill Clark as Ranch Hand (uncredited)
G. Pat Collins as Elmer - Engineer (uncredited)
Gene Coogan as Rancher (uncredited)
Russell Custer as Townsman (uncredited)
Roy Damron as Party Guest (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum as Town Loafer (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo as Willie, Proprietor of Restaurant (uncredited)
Joel Friend as Party Guest (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson as Party Guest (uncredited)
James Gonzalez as Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Greenway as Rancher (uncredited)
Kit Guard as Town Loafer (uncredited)
Signe Hack as Party Guest (uncredited)
Bill Hale as Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Harry Harvey as General Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Les Hellman as Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Percy Helton as Station Master (uncredited)
Tex Holden as Townsman (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan as Party Guest (uncredited)
Wes Hudman as Curly (uncredited)
Harvey Karels as Party Guest (uncredited)
Dave Kashner as Townsman (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy as Townsman (uncredited)
Norman Leavitt as Town Loafer (uncredited)
Forrest Lewis as Mr. Baker - Tack Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Tom London as Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe as Barney - Townsman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard as Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Mills as Townsman (uncredited)
Burt Mustin as Man on Stairs (uncredited)
William Newell as Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Perry as Townsman (uncredited)
Jose Portugal as Party Guest (uncredited)
Ray Pourchot as Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Ravel as Party Guest (uncredited)
Bob Reeves as Townsman (uncredited)
Mitchell Rhein as Rancher (uncredited)
Dick Rich as Loudmouth Man at Bar (uncredited)
Robert Robinson as Townsman (uncredited)
John Roy as Townsman (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher as Bartender (uncredited)
Bernard Sell as Party Guest (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall as Party Guest (uncredited)
Clint Sharp as Stableman (uncredited)
Cap Somers as Townsman (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo as Waiter (uncredited)
Ray Spiker as Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Stoney as Townsman (uncredited)
Peggy Taylor as Laura Witkum (uncredited)
Dan White as Rancher (uncredited)
Harry Wilson as Town Loafer (uncredited)
Harry Woods as Cattle Rancher in Restaurant (uncredited)


A man (Glenn Ford) moves into a town where he intends to graze his sheep on common land, much to the dislike of the cattle-farming townsfolk and their leader Col. Stephen Bedford (Leslie Nielsen).


An interesting take on the 'new man in town' storyline with some great additions to the plot. A good mix of light-hearted play with serious undertones and some great central performances, particularly from Glenn Ford, Leslie Nielsen and Edgar Buchanan.

Interesting Additional Information

Nice to see so many actors from the 1930s still appearing in big budget films in the late 1950s, like this one. Here is Roscoe Ates, without stutter, and Franklyn Farnum, who himself was a veteran of over 600 films, not to mention his TV appearances.

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