The title refers to a Hereford bull and it tells the real-life saga about the introduction of the hornless Hereford among the longhorn Texas cattle. It’s all about the cross-breeding of the Hereford over the Texas range.
Maureen O’Hara plays the widow Martha Price, who leaves England to sell a prize bull to Texas cattle breeders at an auction. Juliet Mills is her pretty daughter Hilary. James Stewart is Sam Burnett, a drifter cowhand hired to deliver the bull and someone who takes his job mighty serious (Stewart seems to be only going through the motions). Brian Keith plays Alexander Bowen, the grumpy Scotsman cattle baron who runs his Texas ranch like a feudal manor but is the one Martha convinces to use her new cattle breed. —Ozu’s World Movie of Reviews
Andrew Victor McLaglen (born 28 July 1920) is a British-American film and television director and former actor.
Andrew McLaglen was born in London, the son of British actor Victor McLaglen and Enid Lamont. He was from a film family that included eight uncles and an aunt, and he grew up on movie sets with his parents as well as John Wayne and John Ford. After working as an assistant director on a few smaller films, Ford gave him the assistant director job on the film The Quiet Man (1952).
After a few more assistant or second director jobs, McLaglen directed his first film Gun The Man Down in 1956 – a western B-movie with James Arness, Angie Dickinson and Harry Carey, Jr..
He went on to work extensively in television directing, directing episodes of Perry Mason (7), Gunslinger (5), Rawhide (6), and then 99 episodes of Have Gun – Will Travel, The Lieutenant (4), The Virginian (2), and 96 episodes of Gunsmoke.
Returning to films – directing Shenandoah (1965… read more