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Shane (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 1 October 1953 (France)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shane
... Marian Starrett
... Joe Starrett
... Joey Starrett
... Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)
... Chris Calloway
... Fred Lewis
... Rufus Ryker
... Stonewall Torrey
... Axel 'Swede' Shipstead
... Morgan Ryker
... Mrs. Liz Torrey
... Sam Grafton
John Miller ... Will Atkey - Bartender
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Shipstead
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Western

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1 October 1953 (France)  »

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Budget:

$3,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,000,000
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(Western Electric Recording)| (Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The first gunshots in the film are when Shane shows Joey how to fire a revolver. To enhance the dramatic effect of the shooting, the sounds of the gunshots were elevated by firing a gun into a garbage pail. The echoed reverberations made the gunfire sounds much louder. George Stevens' intention was to startle the audience with the first firing of a gun. See more »

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At the very beginning when Joe Starrett points the gun at Shane who has just arrived at the Starretts' house, the view from the back of Joe shows him raise the gun up. Then from the front view of Joe, he raises the gun up again. See more »

Quotes

[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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A Western to haunt the memory.
24 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A gunslinger, a farmer, a wife, a little boy, a dog, and some dastardly villains....

I first saw "Shane" from the back seat of a '51 Ford, at a drive-in theater somewhere in Montana. The movie was new, and I was about 4 years old. From that time, I remember quiet male voices and the ring of spurs. Those sounds have lived in my mind for decades.

"Shane" is a classic -- no, not a bang-bang shoot-em-up B Western, but it is a solid Western that gives fans of the genre some something to think about besides "they went thataway." The scenery (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) is grand and was even moreso on the big screen. When well known Western novelist A.B. Guthrie wrote the screenplay, he kept fairly faithful to Jack Schaefer's novel. The movie makes a reasonable attempt, for that time, to look authentic in costume and gear, and gives fans of the movies of the '40s and '50s some interesting cinematic moments (see the small things, like how the camera was used to make Alan Ladd seem more "heroic").

I'd probably recast some of the secondary roles, if I had the chance, but Ladd's soft-spoken, gentlemanly way is just right for Shane, and Jack Palance is subtly evil.

Yes, "Shane" contains a few clichés, but they weren't yet quite so cliché, in 1953. Besides, they were well done clichés, so, while you may recognize them, you probably won't mind them.

But, what's "Shane" about, exactly?...

Courage. Loyalty. Honor. Friendship.

It will leave you wishing you knew what happened next.


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