Shane (1953, motion picture)

ShaneShane is a 1953 western film made by Paramount Pictures. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A.B. Guthrie Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer. The cinematography was by Loyal Griggs, the music score by Victor Young and the costume design by Edith Head.

The film stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin with Brandon De Wilde, Elisha Cook Jr., Jack Palance and Ben Johnson.

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Color, Loyal Griggs; 1954.

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Brandon De Wilde; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jack Palance; Best Director, George Stevens; Best Picture, George Stevens; Best Writing, Screenplay, A.B. Guthrie Jr.; 1954.

In 1993, Shane was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Shane was listed at #69 on the original AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list in 1997. When the list was revisited in 2007, it rose to #45.

Main cast

  • Alan Ladd as Shane (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) Aged 50. Died of acute overdose of alcohol and sedatives:
  • Jean Arthur as Marian Starrett (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) Aged 90. Died of heart failure
  • Van Heflin as Joe Starrett (December 13, 1908 – July 23, 1971) Aged 62. Died of heart attack
  • Brandon De Wilde as Joey Starrett (April 9, 1942 – July 6, 1972) Aged 30. Died of traffic accident. He is the little boy.
  • Jack Palance as Jack Wilson (February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) Aged 87. Died of natural causes. He was the mean, hired gunman. Very evil.
  • Ben Johnson as Chris Calloway (June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996) Aged 77. He’s the guy who threw whisky on Shane the first time. Then he gets beat up by Shane. This triggers 5 on 2 bar-room brawl.
  • Emile Meyer as Rufus Ryker (August 18, 1910 – March 19, 1987) Aged 77
  • Elisha Cook Jr. as Frank ‘Stonewall’ Torrey (December 26, 1903 – May 18, 1995)
  • Douglas Spencer as Axel ‘Swede’ Shipstead (February 10, 1910 – October 6, 1960) Aged 50