Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1953. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by A.B. Guthrie Jr., additional dialogue by Jack Sher, based on the novel by Jack Schaefer. Cinematography by Loyal Griggs. Produced by George Stevens. Music by Victor Young. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by William Hornbeck, Tom McAdoo. Academy Awards 1953.
Jean Arthur and Van Heflin play settlers in the Wild West who welcome the visit of a mysterious gunman named Shane (Alan Ladd) when he pulls up to their property gates. Their huge, sprawling acreage has caught the eye of evil thug Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer) who intends to get it from them no matter what it takes. Thankfully, Shane has taken it upon himself to rid the world of Ryker and all his merry men (which include a young Jack Palance) and protects his new found family from them. Great to look at and very exciting, featuring a smarmy little performance by child actor Brandon De Wilde, who utters the film’s well-known closing line.