Review: A weary gunfighter named Shane attempts to settle down with a homestead family, the problem is a smoldering settler/ rancher conflict leaves him no choice but to act.
Director: George Stevens
Actors: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Spencer, John Dierkes, Ellen Corby and Paul McVey
Genre: Classics, Drama and Western
This is based on the novel by Jack Schaefer. Watching it now I did find it slow to get off the feet but then gradually picked up. As much as I liked this I didn’t think it has the magic or the excitement as something like High Noon (1952). Alan Ladd gives a performance of a lifetime. All the actors give their own acting qualities to the film. Jean Arthur came out of semi-retirement to play her part of Marian Starrett. She only did this film as a favour to her friend, George Stevens. I enjoyed the musical score in this film. Beautifully filmed and well edited to a fine art. There is a scene in this where Shane is practising his shooting, this took 119 takes just to get it right. At the end of the film there is a brilliant shoot out which is well choreographed. According to the BBFC Website one or more versions have been cut but the details are not available. The one scene that is unforgettable is when the little boy is shouting “Shane! Comeback!”. The late film critic produced a list in 2012 of the Greatest Films of all Time and this was on his list of films. At the Academy Awards in 1954 this won one Oscar and that was for Best Cinematography, Color.