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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2014
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I've had this movie and loaned it out so I was recouping it. I was blessed in that I got a bonus, more than one John Wayne movie. AND wonder of wonders I had not seen any but the Shepard of the hills. GREAT quality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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These five films are not among the most highly regarded of John Wayne's career.
In the case of four of them this seems justified, but one of them took me completely by surprise.

Here is the rough plot of "Shepherd of the Hills."

John Wayne is a hillbilly living in a highly dysfunctional Arkansas family.

A mysterious stranger (Harry Carey) comes to town:

1) He heals the sick.
2) He brings the dead back to life.
3) He restores the sight of a woman who has been blind since birth.
4) He fishes a lot.
5) He tells everyone to stop fighting and love one another.
6) He shoots John Wayne.

Why would Jesus shoot John Wayne? (WWJSJW?)

Clearly this is not your usual John Wayne film.
John Wayne is excellent, though he is not really the star -
Harry Carey (senior) gives the performance of his career as the miracle working stranger.
Betty Field (who is she?) as John Wayne's love interest appears not to be wearing make-up
- unusual for a 1941 Hollywood film in technicolor. Also an excellent actress.

The film has a lot in common with "Strange Cargo" (1940) starring Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.
Apparently Jesus sightings were common in the 1940s.
Understandable.

Why isn't this film better known?
Henry Hathaway was a major director and it was shot in gorgeous technicolor.
Clearly a major production.

I would rate it with "Hondo" and "The Searchers" as my favorite John Wayne film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2008
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I like John Wayne and will watch all the movies on this DVD, but I purchased it so I would have a copy of "Shepherd of the Hills," which I consider one of his best, and one of THE best, movies ever made. Absolutely GREAT!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This collection fills in another void in available John Wayne films. Most of these movies, save Shepherd, have not been seen on TV for decades, if ever and none of them are his best work. But these movies span the War years, during Wayne's transition into a star.

In the "Seven Sinners" - 1940 - Wayne plays second fiddle to Marlene Dietrich, a cabaret singer for whose love Wayne is willing to sacrafice his Naval career. Made a year before Pearl Harbor, the movie shows a strangely innocent view of the service - where chasing chorus girls and visiting native bars seemed to be the sole occupation of the Navy.

The "Shepherd of the Hills" - 1941 - is the gem of this collection, in which Wayne plays an Ozark orphan who is manipulated by his aunt to murder his absent father. Harry Carry, as Wayne's long-lost father, who is willing to kill his own son rather than see him branded a murderer, steals the show.

Pittsburgh - 1942 - Wayne stars with Randolf Scott and Marlene Dietrich (again) in this "Horatio Alger" story about two coal miners with an idea that make them rich. Along the way, Wayne loses his moral center and loses the girl and his friends. This movie almost turns into a pro-industry/anti-labor propoganda piece in support of the war effort.

The Conqueror - 1955 - This is one of the worst movies John Wayne ever made. It is worth watching just to see how bad an actor he could be. Wayne plays Genghis Khan, and Susan Hayward plays a mongol princess. The costumes are ridiculous, the acting awful, and the results are tragic, as Howard Hughes filmed the movie out in the Nevada desert in a region polluted by above-ground nuclear testing. Worse yet, when the production moved into the studio, Hughes had tons of the red, radioactive dirt trucked into the set. Many of the actors in the movie, including Wayne, eventually died of various cancer. No doubt Wayne's lifetime of cigarette smoking was the main factor in his death, but the fact that he spent months, during the filming of the Conquerer, breathing radioactive isolotes did not help.

Jet Pilot - 1957 - is another forgettable Wayne film, in which he plays a pilot who defects to Russian (but not really) for love of a female Russia pilot who defects to the U.S., turns out to be a spy, but not really. The only virtue of this film is that it is marginally better than The Conqueror.

This set is a good mix of Wayne's non-cowboy films and show the wide range of roles he was able to play from romantic comedies to period drama and propaganda film to war movies. Wayne affectionados will want to add this to their collection.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2006
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This DVD collection is an all time high perfect collection. The DVD was clear, beautiful color, sound was perfect as well. I highly recommend this collection to any John Wayne fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
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all good old Wayne films for your collection otherwise hard to get for the price! Copies are good and price is right!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2014
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I purchased this selection to add to my John Wayne film collection; mainly 'Seven Sinners' and 'Pittsburgh'. Admittedly not some of Wayne's best work (the Howard Hughes produced 'Jet Pilot' and 'The Conqueror' are two I'm sure the Duke would probably regret) but still an affordable and entertaining set of films. 'The Conqueror', although badly miscast, is not deserving of its "wretched" reputation. 'Jet Pilot' IS for die hard Wayne fans but the rest are adequate entertainment. Just add a little popcorn. The previously mentioned films illustrate what a fine acting pair were Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne were. The price was VERY reasonable while the packaging and delivery certainly met my expectations. Pick it up, pilgrim.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
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This collection of John Wayne movies is a must have for any collection. While they may not be his best group of movies they are all very interesting. I bought this just to get "The Conqueror", so the other movies were an added bonus. I love John Wayne as Genghis Khan and Susan Hayward as the "tarter woman" that he falls in love with the minute he sees her. It's a very memorable scene. John Wayne's acting style is pretty much the same in any movie he does. It's his larger than life presence that commands your attention to any movie he does. I had not seen any of the other movies in this collection until i bought this dvd. I was not disappointed in any one of them. They each have him playing a different type of character. My favorite one out of the bunch is "The Conqueror" Buy the collection then you can decide which is your favorite Movie in the group. ENJOY!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
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WAS'NT MUCH FUSSED OVER SEVEN SINNERS STILL IT WAS OK. AS FOR THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS IT SHOULD'VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD GREAT STORY , EXCELLENT ACTING BY ALL . REAL HEART GRIPPING STUFF . IT MUST'VE BEEN DAMN HARD FOR THOSE REAL PEOPLE LIVING BACK IN THEM DAYS. AL IN ALL VERY IMPRESSED BY HAVING THIS ITEM. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HAVING A MINI MOVIE MARATHON OF JOHN WAYNE TO PASS THE DAY.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
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I purchased this collection and have watched THE CONQUEROR, SEVEN SINNERS, and JET PILOT.

I bought this set for THE CONQUEROR, which is a pleasure for its fantastically purple dialogue ("I am BEREFT of SPIT!") and the wonderfully melodic music score by Victor Young. I had only seen this film on TV and VHS looking faded, but I am happy to say all three films look and sound great.
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