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The Soul Herder (1917)

Harry is thrown out of town and on his way across the desert meets a minister and his family; when the man is killed in an Indian raid, Harry takes care of his little daughter, later puts on the minister's frock and reforms a town.

Director:

John Ford (as Jack Ford)

Writer:

George Hively
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Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Carey ... Cheyenne Harry
Jean Hersholt ... The Parson
Fritzi Ridgeway ... Jane Brown
Elizabeth James Elizabeth James ... Mary Jane - the Parson's Daughter
Hoot Gibson ... Chuck Rafferty
Vester Pegg Vester Pegg ... Topeka Jack
William Steele ... Bill Young (as William Gettinger)
Molly Malone Molly Malone
Duke R. Lee Duke R. Lee
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Harry is thrown out of town and on his way across the desert meets a minister and his family; when the man is killed in an Indian raid, Harry takes care of his little daughter, later puts on the minister's frock and reforms a town.

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Genres:

Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sky Pilot See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bison Motion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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1857 to 1876
17 June 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

John Ford is somewhat of a historian in his western films. Most of his material is set between the period of 1857 to 1876 when the Union had 36 stars. He's not an accurate historian, but by and large he happens to be the best of the western genre directors. I'm not too sure what it is that he brings to a film, but he certainly seems to get the best out of his actors and the story. It was probably in this film that he grasped the concept of treating the camera as a character. He learned that the camera should not be just a passive observer watching what's going on without intervention or having any opinion to penetrate the situation, but should be probing the action that is taking place in order to get behind the story.


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