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The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1961)

An orphan fights for the north in the Civil War, then returns to his girlfriend in Kentucky.


Andrew V. McLaglen


John Fox Jr. (story "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come"), Barré Lyndon (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmie Rodgers ... Chad
Luana Patten ... Melissa Turner
Chill Wills ... Major Buford
Linda Hutchings Linda Hutchings ... Margaret Dean
Robert Dix ... Caleb Turner
John Holland
Edward Faulkner ... Capt. Richard Dean
George Kennedy ... Nathan Dillon
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Reuben
Russ Bender ... Col. Jackson
Neil Hamilton ... Gen. Dean
Morris Ankrum ... Gen. Lew Wallace
Nelson Leigh ... Mr. Turner
Shirley O'Hara ... Mrs. Turner
Lane Chandler ... Sheriff


In Kentucky, shortly before the Civil War, Chad's foster family dies during a cholera epidemic. After the funeral, neighbor Nathan Dillon claims that Chad's foster family owed him money. In order to recoup what's owed to him he tries to force Chad to become his indentured servant. When Chad refuses, Dillon and his son jump Chad and a fistfight ensues. Passerby neighbor Caleb Turner takes Chad's side and together they prevail. Caleb Turner offers Chad the chance to live with the Turners. Chad accepts to work on the Turner farm in order to pay for his keep. The arrangement is temporary because Chad intends to head for Lexington as soon as the logging season is over. Later, in Lexington, Chad meets Major Buford at an auction of thoroughbred horses. The Major, who is a childless, widowed landowner, likes Chad and adopts the young man. During the following months, Major Buford tries his best to turn Chad from a mountain man into a southern gentleman. However, at various social gatherings ... Written by nufs68

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Jimmie Rodgers as the fighting hero !







Release Date:

June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una razón para vivir See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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27 October 2015 | by chelrateeSee all my reviews

The best film I've seen in a little long time. This film should be on everyone's Holiday must see list along with Its a Wonderful Life. Once you see it you will Love it! It's very much the old fashioned family movie with a variety of important morals people need more of. It used to be a requirement in films that now seem to be a lost talent. We need more positive influences in our daily life and this film can help bring some of those good values back. Watching a good movie like this can remind a person of what's really important in life. As someone once said, "You slide down in your seat and make yourself comfortable. On the screen in front of you, the movie image appears— enormous and overwhelming. If the movie is a good one, you allow yourself to be absorbed". This movie does just that. True enjoyment!

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