Shane (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  24 September 1953 (Italy)
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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)
Fred Lewis
Emile Meyer ...
Rufus Ryker
Stonewall Torrey
Douglas Spencer ...
Axel 'Swede' Shipstead
John Dierkes ...
Morgan Ryker
Mrs. Liz Torrey
Paul McVey ...
John Miller ...
Will Atkey - Bartender
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Shipstead


Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

24 September 1953 (Italy)  »

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$3,100,000 (estimated)


$9,000,000 (USA)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Jean Arthur. See more »


After the homesteaders arrive in town, Shane stands by out of the Grafton's store for a while. Then a woman approaches him from behind, right after a man. In the next shot the woman is replaced by a man. See more »


[first lines]
Joey: Somebody's comin', Pa!
Joe Starrett: Well, let him come.
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Beautiful Dreamer
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score at a meeting of the townfolk
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Simple peaceful lifestyles threatened by land grabbing ranchers and sinister gunslinger, saved by a weary reluctant gunslinger.
6 June 2000 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This western epitomises how a film should be made.

Classic scenery and outstanding performances from all. From the various cultures of the farmers bonding together through the harshness of farming life. Happy to raise families on land built and developed by their own hands. This is then threatened by the ranchers unwillingness to share the common land. Brutality and force is their tool, they try to force out the farmers (even resorting to hiring the gunslinger - Jack Wilson - Jack Palance). One farmer holds the other farmers together (Starett - Van Heflin), though even his resistance is weakening until a lone retired gunslinger rides in to save the day...

The sheer quality of characters and acting makes this film. The friendly (though not always) banter over Torrey's rebel background, the bond amongst the children, the affection shown in all families. The turning of Chris Calloway, the cold hearted nature of Ryker.

Finally the performances of the main characters. Van Heflin and Jean Arthur as the Starett's have a simple but loving relationship. Their son Joey loves his parents, but is greatly impressed by the mystery and skill of Shane (Alan Ladd).

Shane is reluctant to return to the way of the gun until Ryker hires a top gunslinger (Jack Palance). Palance is the perfect clinically precise cold hearted killer. Every aspect of his manner portrays cold efficiency (even to drinking water and mounting his horse).

There is simple humour added, for example when Shane is hit with an "Easy Chair".

Even the two dogs could act ! When Shane finally confronts Wilson the dog in the bar skulks with his tail between his legs.

The scenery and music were the icing on the cake.

This film will remain a benchmark for all western's to follow.

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