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A.B. Guthrie Jr. (screenplay)
Jack Sher (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 October 1953 (France) See more »
The Greatest Story Of the West Ever Filmed [re-release] See more »
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Ladd ... Shane

Jean Arthur ... Marian Starrett

Van Heflin ... Joe Starrett

Brandon De Wilde ... Joey Starrett

Jack Palance ... Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)

Ben Johnson ... Chris Calloway

Edgar Buchanan ... Fred Lewis

Emile Meyer ... Rufus Ryker

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Stonewall Torrey
Douglas Spencer ... Axel 'Swede' Shipstead

John Dierkes ... Morgan Ryker

Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Liz Torrey

Paul McVey ... Sam Grafton
John Miller ... Will Atkey - Bartender
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Shipstead
Leonard Strong ... Ernie Wright
Ray Spiker ... Axel Johnson - Homesteader
Janice Carroll ... Susan Lewis
Martin Mason ... Ed Howells
Helen Brown ... Martha Lewis

Nancy Kulp ... Mrs. Howells
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ewing Miles Brown ... Ryker Man (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Ryker Man (uncredited)
William Dyer Jr. ... Homesteader (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Ryker Man (uncredited)
Alana Ladd ... Little Girl (uncredited)

David Ladd ... Little Boy (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Ryker Man (uncredited)
Rex Moore ... Ryker Man (uncredited)

Howard Negley ... Yank Potts (uncredited)
Charles Quirk ... Clerk (uncredited)

Steve Raines ... Ryker Man (uncredited)
William Simonds ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Kathy Stainbrook ... Lewis Child (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Ryker Man (uncredited)

George Stevens ... Knock Him Into That Pigpen, Chris! (voice) (uncredited)
Jo Ann Thompson ... Lewis Child (uncredited)

Beverly Washburn ... Ruth Lewis (uncredited)

Henry Wills ... Ryker Man (uncredited)
David Wyatt ... Homesteader Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
Writing credits
A.B. Guthrie Jr. (screenplay)

Jack Sher (additional dialogue)

Jack Schaefer (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Ivan Moffat .... associate producer
George Stevens .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young (music score)
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck 
Tom McAdoo 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Coonan .... assistant director (as John Coonan)
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Paul Baxley .... stunt double (uncredited)
Wayne Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunt double: Alan Ladd (uncredited)
Ray Spiker .... stunts (uncredited)
Gretchen Steinbrook .... double: Beverly Washburn (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Irmin Roberts .... second unit photography
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... music editor (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Joe De Young .... technical advisor (as Joe DeYong)
Fred Guiol .... associate director
Howie Horwitz .... assistant to the producer
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Charles Morton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing .... hand double: Alan Ladd (uncredited)
Gretchen Steinbrook .... stand-in: Beverly Washburn (uncredited)
George Stevens Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"George Stevens' Production of Shane" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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118 min | West Germany:90 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:6 (DVD rating) | Japan:G (2016) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:16 (1953) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: DVD audio commentary) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15895) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Paramount's first widescreen movie.See more »
Continuity: During the night that Shane fights Joe and shoots Wilson and Ryker, Shane's beard length differs from clean shaven to a heavy beard, then clean shaven again.See more »
[first lines]
Joey:Somebody's comin', Pa!
Joe Starrett:Well, let him come.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in An Opera of Violence (2003) (V)See more »
I Ride an Old Paint (I'm A-Leavin' Cheyenne)See more »


What is "Shane" about?
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94 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Hell Bent For Leather, 31 May 2003
Author: ( from Hollywood Bungalow!

Considered by most a masterpiece and by a few 'a waste of film', 1953's SHANE is a mini-epic that tells of the arrival of the mysterious stranger who comes to 'town' and impresses the innocent and threatens the guilty. A good versus evil western was never been more defined. Alan Ladd plays the stranger in an outfit that has been criticized since day-one. He wears a buckskin shirt ala Davy Crockett and if I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times, "that shirt ain't right"! Well, 'pards, I ask you, "Have you ever heard of "Buckskin Frank Leslie?" Just happens to be one of the baddest-ass real life western gunslingers who ever strapped on a gun-rig. Why they haven't made westerns about Leslie I will never know. Doc Holliday, known for reckless bravery, knew enough to stay out of Frank's way. And P.S. he was known for his 'patented' Buckskin Shirt. But I digress...

Shane was directed by George Stevens who admittedly directs with a strictness that borders on fascism. And yet he pulls it off with aplomb. Ladd's character is criticized as well, because he is played by Ladd himself, an actor that is an easy target for certain critics. There's the old joke about Ladd standing in a hole (outside of camera view) to match the heights of his leading ladies, or by standing on a ramp or box so their heights in close-ups would be matched for love scenes. Is this the 'stuff' of western heroes? Not hardly. So here we have "little Alan" taking on one of the most vicious actors that ever played 'Satan Incarnate', the incomparable Jack Palance! Jack's 'Lucifer' is a messenger from hell hired by the bad'uns to save them all from Ladd's goodness. Jack wakes up shortly after arriving in town to assassinate another little man, Elisha Cook Jr., in a scene which was completely and shamelessly ripped off by Eastwood in 'Pale Rider'. The death is completely believable and establishes Palance's character as unstoppable.

The characters in Shane are cut from a woodcarving, they glisten with familiar yet surprising motivations. Ben Johnson, the Sainted actor of westerns plays a very small part that almost steals the film. The bad guys in this film are a textbook rendition of meaness.

But some say that the action is subdued in Shane. But I say the build-up is worth the wait as the final climatic shoot-out has been described by many western film scholars as the best that was ever put to film.

Shane a waste of film? I think not.

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