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The Shepherd of the Hills(1941)

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Hollywood Reporter news items report the following about the production: Actors Tyrone Power, John Garfield, Lynne Overman, Robert Preston and Burgess Meredith were considered for lead roles in this film. William LeBaron took over as producer to replace Stuart Walker during pre-production, and Jack Moss took over for LeBaron during production. The forest fire scene was shot at Moon Ridge in the San Bernardino Mountains, CA, and was supervised by forest rangers and members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. According to information in the film's press book, Paramount music director Troy Sanders coached Harry Carey on playing the spinet in this film. Big Bear Lake and Bartlett Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains, CA, were also used as locations. Previous films based on religious author Harold Bell Wright's novel, all entitled The Shepherd of the Hills, are Harold Bell Wright Story Picture Corp.'s 1919 production, co-directed by Wright and L. F. Gottschalk and starring Harry G. Lonsdale, Cathrine Curtis and George McDaniel; First National's 1928 picture, directed by Albert Rogell and starring Alec B. Francis, Molly O'Day and John Boles; and Macco Productions' 1964 picture, directed by Ben Parker and starring Richard Arlen, James W. Middleton and Sherry Lynn. (For more information on these films, consult AFI Catalog of Feature Films; F1.3975, F2.4981 and F6.4459.)