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Shane

Theatrical Poster
Directed by George Stevens
Produced by George Stevens
Written by Story
Jack Schaefer
Screenplay
A.B. Guthrie Jr.
Starring Alan Ladd
Jean Arthur
Van Heflin
Brandon De Wilde
Jack Palance
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Editing by William Hornbeck
Tom McAdoo
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) April 23, 1953 (USA)
Running time 118 minutes
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Shane 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.[1] Image File history File links Poster from the 1953 movie, Shane This is a copyrighted poster. ... George Stevens examining film from A Place in the Sun. ... Jack Schaefer was a 20th century American author, known for his Westerns. ... Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. ... Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – November 7, 1964) was an American film actor. ... Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an Oscar-nominated American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. ... Actors Arlene Dahl and Van Heflin in Womans World Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. ... Brandon De Wilde (April 9, 1942 – July 6, 1972) was an Academy Award-nominated American actor born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. ... Jack Palance, (born Volodymyr Palanyuk (Ukr: Володимир Паланюк))on February 18, 1919, in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA), is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Victor Young (August 8, 1900 - November 10, 1956) was an Jewish-American composer, violinist and conducter. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1953 in film involved some significant events. ... Justus D. Barnes, from The Great Train Robbery The Western is one of the classic American literary and film genres. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... George Stevens examining film from A Place in the Sun. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Shane is a 1949 western book by Jack Schaefer, journalist. ... Jack Schaefer was a 20th century American author, known for his Westerns. ... Victor Young (August 8, 1900 - November 10, 1956) was an Jewish-American composer, violinist and conducter. ... Edith Head on the cover of the book The Life and Times of Edith Head by David Chierichetti Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood that garnered her more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. ...


The film stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin with Brandon De Wilde, Elisha Cook Jr., Jack Palance and Ben Johnson. Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – November 7, 1964) was an American film actor. ... Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an Oscar-nominated American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. ... Actors Arlene Dahl and Van Heflin in Womans World Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. ... Brandon De Wilde (April 9, 1942 – July 6, 1972) was an Academy Award-nominated American actor born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. ... Diminutive character actor Elisha Cook Jr. ... Jack Palance, (born Volodymyr Palanyuk (Ukr: Володимир Паланюк))on February 18, 1919, in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA), is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Ben Johnson Jr. ...

Contents

Plot

A mysterious gunslinger named Shane (Alan Ladd) drifts into a quiet western town, and quickly finds himself drawn into a conflict between simple homesteader (sodbuster) Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and powerful cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer), who wants to force him and every other homesteader in the valley off his land. Shane accepts a job as a farmhand, but finds Starrett's young son Joey (Brandon DeWilde) drawn to him for his strength and skill with a gun. Shane himself is uncomfortably drawn to Starrett's wholesomely charming wife, Marian (Jean Arthur). Gunslinger from The Great Train Robbery Gunslinger, also gunfighter, is a name given to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation as being dangerous with a gun. ... Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – November 7, 1964) was an American film actor. ... The Homestead principle in law is the concept that one can gain ownership of something which currently has no owner by using that thing. ... Actors Arlene Dahl and Van Heflin in Womans World Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brandon de Wilde (April 9, 1942-July 6, 1972) was born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an Oscar-nominated American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. ...


As tensions mount between the factions, Ryker hires Jack Wilson (Jack Palance), a cold-blooded and skilled gunslinger. Joe Starrett decides to take it on himself to go kill Wilson and Ryker and save the town; however, he is stopped by Shane who insists on going himself. Starrett and Shane get in a fist fight where the winner will go on to face Wilson and Shane regrettably uses his gun to hit Joe over the head and knock him out, knowing this was the only way to prevent Joe from getting killed. Shane then goes to take on Wilson in a climactic showdown, killing him and Ryker, but being wounded in the shootout. After urging young Joey to refrain from a life of guns and violence, Shane leaves for parts unknown. Jack Palance, (born Volodymyr Palanyuk (Ukr: Володимир Паланюк))on February 18, 1919, in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA), is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ...


When Shane rides away, Joey calls after him, "Pa's got things for you to do! And Mother wants you. I know she does." The movie closes with Joey shouting "Shane! Shane! Come back!"


Due to the ambiguous nature of the final shot, there is some question as to whether or not Shane actually survives his wound.


Background and production

Shane tells the story of a gunfighter who comes to a recently-settled farm area near a quiet town and fights for the rights of homesteaders against the long-entrenched hard-bitten open-range cattlemen who control the majority of the land. The Homestead Act is a piece of U.S. legislation which gave one quarter of a section of a township (160 acres, or about 65 hectares) of undeveloped land in the American West to any family head provided he lived on it for five years, or allowed the family head... Rangeland refers to a large, mostly unimproved section of land that is predominantly used for livestock grazing. ...


Although the film is fiction, elements of the setting are derived from Wyoming's Johnson County War. The physical setting is the high plains near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and many shots feature the Grand Teton massif looming in the near distance. Other filming took place at Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino National Forest, the Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,818 sq mi (253,348 km²)  - Width 280 miles (450 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 0. ... The Johnson County War, also known as the War on Powder River or Wyoming Civil War, was a range war which took place in Johnson County, Wyoming, in the Powder River Country, in April, 1892. ... Jackson is a town located in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County, Wyoming. ... Grand Teton is the highest mountain within Grand Teton National Park, and the second highest in the U.S. state of Wyoming. ... In geology, a massif is a section of a planets crust that is demarcated by faults or flexures. ... Big Bear Lake is a reservoir in the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County, California, USA. It has an east-west length of approximately 7 miles (11. ... San Bernardino National Forest has two main divisions which are the San Bernardino Mountains on the easternmost of the Transverse Range, and the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains on the northernmost of the Peninsular Range. ... Chatsworth is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... ...


Director George Stevens originally cast Montgomery Clift as Shane, and William Holden as Joe Starrett. When they both proved unavailable, the film was nearly abandoned. Stevens asked studio head Y. Frank Freeman to see a list of available actors with current contracts. Within three minutes, he chose Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and Jean Arthur. Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American Academy Award-nominated actor known by the stage name of Montgomery Clift. ... William Holden (April 17, 1918 – ca. ... Y. Frank Freeman (1865-1972) was an executive for Paramount Pictures. ...


Although the film was made between July and October 1951, it was not released until 1953 due to director George Stevens' extensive editing. The film cost so much to make that at one point, Paramount considered selling it to another distributor. The studio felt the film would never recoup its costs. In fact, the film ended up making a significant profit.


Jean Arthur was not the first choice to play Marian; Katharine Hepburn was originally considered for the role. Even though she had not made a picture in five years, Arthur accepted the part at the request of George Stevens with whom she had worked in two earlier films, The Talk of the Town (1942) and The More the Merrier (1943) for which she received her only Oscar nomination. Shane marked her last film appearance, although she later appeared in theater and a short-lived television series. Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an iconic American star of film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... The Talk of the Town is a 1942 screwball comedy film in which a political activist, accused of arson and murder, takes refuge with a former girlfriend in the house of a professor of law. ... The More the Merrier is a 1943 comedy film which makes fun of the World War II time housing shortage, especially in Washington, D.C.. A young woman sublets half of her tiny apartment to a middle aged man, who promptly sublets half of his half to a young man. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Jack Palance had problems with horses and Alan Ladd with guns. The scene where Shane practices shooting in front of Joey required 116 takes.


Technical details

Shane was the first flat widescreen (soft matted 1.66:1) color western film to be produced. (It was actually shot for 1.37:1 Academy ratio, but the studio dictated that it be cropped in the movie projector to compete with the to-be-released CinemaScope format.) The music was stereophonic. Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... ... 35 mm Kinoton movie projector in operation. ... A Fox logo used to promote the CinemaScope process. ...


The film was also one of the first films to attempt to recreate the overwhelming sound of gunfire. Warren Beatty cited this aspect of Shane as inspiration during the filming of Bonnie and Clyde (from the documentary "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"). Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is a film about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, bank robbers who roamed the central United States during the Great Depression. ... George Stevens examining film from A Place in the Sun. ...


In addition, Shane was one of the first films to simulate actually being shot. Actors were attached to hidden wires that yanked them backwards when they were shot from the front.


Cast

Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – November 7, 1964) was an American film actor. ... Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an Oscar-nominated American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. ... Actors Arlene Dahl and Van Heflin in Womans World Emmett Evan Heflin Jr. ... Brandon De Wilde (April 9, 1942 – July 6, 1972) was an Academy Award-nominated American actor born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. ... Jack Palance, (born Volodymyr Palanyuk (Ukr: Володимир Паланюк))on February 18, 1919, in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA), is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... There have been several people called Ben Johnson or Jonson: Ben Jonson (1572-1637; Elizabethan dramatist, poet & actor) Ben Johnson (c. ... Edgar Buchanan (born March 20, 1903; died April 4, 1979) was an American actor with a long career in both movies and television, but is probably most familiar as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction and Green Acres television sitcoms of the 1960s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Diminutive character actor Elisha Cook Jr. ... Douglas Spencer (February 12, 1910 - October 6, 1964) was a film actor. ... Ellen Corby (June 3, 1911 â€“ April 14, 1999) was an Oscar-nominated American character actress. ... Many men have the name John Miller, including: John A. Miller (1847-1941), an amusement park entrepreneur John Miller, the co-host of 20/20 John Miller, false Billy the Kid John Miller, member of the United States House of Representatives 1985-1993 John Franklin Miller (Washington), member of the...

Awards and nominations

Wins

Nominations Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

  • 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.

Other

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Welsh language version

Shane was one of few films to be dubbed into the Welsh language, and was broadcast on Television in Wales. Since the audience of the Welsh Language version were fluent English speakers and familiar with the original version, many of the translations of lines from the film caused considerable amusement, such as "Siwmae Shane" for "Howdy Shane", and "Ti'n cachwr Shane". The latter phrase would be considered as vulgar, and most would not consider it an accurate literal translation of the original, where there is no evidence of vulgar language. Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... This article is about the country. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ Shane at the Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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