The Starrett family’s life forever changes when a man named Shane rides out of the great glowing West and up to their farm in 1889. Young Bob Starrett is entranced by this stoic stranger who brings a new energy to his family. Shane stays on as a farmhand, but his past remains a mystery. Many folks in their small Wyoming valley are suspicious of Shane, and make it known that he is not welcome. But dangerous as Shane may seem, he is a staunch friend to the Starretts—and when a powerful neighboring rancher tries to drive them out of their homestead, Shane becomes entangled in the deadly feud.
This classic Western, originally published in 1949, is a profoundly moving story of the influence of a singular character on one boy’s life.
A mysterious drifter helps farmers fight off a vicious gunman.
Release Date: April 23, 1953
Release Time: 118 minutes
Alan Ladd as Shane
Jean Arthur as Marian Starrett
Van Heflin as Joe Starrett
Brandon deWilde as Joey Starrett
Jack Palance (credited as Walter Jack Palance) as Jack Wilson
Ben Johnson as Chris Calloway
Edgar Buchanan as Fred Lewis
Emile Meyer as Rufus Ryker
Elisha Cook, Jr. as Frank 'Stonewall' Torrey
Douglas Spencer as Axel 'Swede' Shipstead
John Dierkes as Morgan Ryker
Ellen Corby as Mrs. Liz Torrey
Paul McVey as Sam Grafton
John Miller as Will Atkey, bartender
Edith Evanson as Mrs. Shipstead
Leonard Strong as Ernie Wright
Nancy Kulp as Mrs. Howells
1953 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography-Color - Loyal Griggs -- Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Brandon deWilde -- Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Jack Palance -- Nominated
Best Director - George Stevens -- Nominated
Best Picture - George Stevens -- Nominated
Best Writing, Screenplay - A.B. Guthrie Jr. -- Nominated
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies -- No. 69
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains: Shane, Hero -- No. 16
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: "Shane. Shane. Come back!" -- No. 47
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers -- No. 53
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) -- No. 45
AFI's 10 Top 10 Western -- No. 3
Best British Film - George Stevens -- Nominated
Schaefer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of an attorney. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1929 with a major in English. He attended graduate school at Columbia University from 1929-30, but left without completing his Master of Arts degree. He then went to work for the United Press. In his long career as a journalist, he would hold editorial positions at many eastern publications.
Schaefer's first success as a novelist came in 1949 with his memorable novel Shane, set in Wyoming. Few realized that Schaefer himself had never been anywhere near the west. Nevertheless, he continued writing successful westerns, selling his home in Connecticut and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1955.
In 1975 Schaefer received the Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement award.
He died of heart failure in Santa Fe in 1991. Schaefer was married twice, his second wife moving to Santa Fe with him.
Schaefer's novel Monte Walsh was made into a movie in 1970, with Lee Marvin in the title role, and again in 2003 as a TV movie starring Tom Selleck. Shane was also made into a movie and a series.