Cast and Crew: Jean Arthur, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Elisha Cook Jr.
What It’s About: Shane (Alan Ladd) begins working for Joe Starett (Van Heflin) a “sodbuster” who, along with his fellows, faces relentless pressure to clear off the land by cattleman Morgan Ryker (John Dierkes). What no one expects is that Shane is a gunfighter haunted by his past….
Why Watch it Today?: Alan Ladd was born on this date in 1913. Shane is one of Ladd’s greatest roles, a spare but rewarding and influential Western drama. Everything from tweaked remakes like Pale Rider and Steel Dawn to Taxi Driver (which takes one of its most famous lines almost verbatim from Shane) drew inspiration from this classic.