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'Shane': Alan Ladd 'Subversive' Western Gets Special Academy Screening

'Shane': Alan Ladd stars in classic Western to be screened at the Academy The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of George Stevens' classic Western Shane, starring Alan Ladd as a lone and mysterious gunslinger, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Besides Ladd, Shane, a 1953 Paramount release, also stars Jean Arthur in her last movie role, in addition to Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, and Jack Palance. (Image: Alan Ladd in Shane.) “A gun is a tool, Marian, no better or no worse than any other tool, an axe, a shovel or anything,” Alan Ladd's Shane tells Jean Arthur's homesteader wife and mother. […]


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'Shane': Alan Ladd 'Subversive' Western Gets Special Academy Screening



George Stevens Movies: 'Giant,' 'Shane' & 'Annie Oakley'

James Dean Giant (top); Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin Shane (bottom) George Stevens will be the star attraction of Turner Classic Movies' Monday evenings in April. The series begins tonight at 5 p.m. PDT with a showing of Giant (1956), one of Stevens' best-known films. Some find this tale of oil, ranching, and greed bloated; I found it highly enjoyable despite – or perhaps because of – its soap opera elements. Also, Giant deals directly with both racism, miscegenation, and xenophobia in a manner that wasn't all that common in those days. Good performances abound: Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Dennis Hopper, Carroll Baker. Oscar-nominated Mercedes McCambridge does some scenery-chewing, but she's a master of subtlety when compared to James […]


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George Stevens Movies: 'Giant,' 'Shane' & 'Annie Oakley'



Jack Palance Bio: 'Shane' Actor and Oscar Push-Ups Performer Dies

Jack Palance: 'Shane' bloodthirsty villain and 'City Slickers' Oscar winner dead at 87 Jack Palance, a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner for City Slickers, died of “natural causes” on Friday, November 10, 2006, in the affluent beach resort of Montecito in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles. Palance (born on Feb. 18, 1919, in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania) was 87. (Image: Jack Palance ca. 1955.) Jack Palance movies: 'Shane,' 'City Slickers' Jack Palance's film career, which spanned nearly half a century and included more than 80 titles, consisted mostly of supporting roles – often villains – in major productions and leads in minor fare. His two most important movie roles were his vicious black-hat-wearing gunslinger in George Stevens' (subversively) […]


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Jack Palance Bio: 'Shane' Actor and Oscar Push-Ups Performer Dies