Waking in the living room at 3 in the morning with the TV still on isn’t so bad when the screenplay is by A.B. Guthrie Jr., from a book by Jack Schaefer, and the scenery includes the Tetons and the Snake River.

Two of my favorite actors, Ben Johnson and Jack Palance, are in the cast.

“Shane” was published in 1949, the year I was born. Schaefer moved to Santa Fe in 1955 and died there in 1991.

The film came out in 1953, starring Alan Ladd. The fabulous cinematography was by Loyal Griggs and it won him an Academy Award.

By the way, a movie from Guthrie’s most famous book, “The Big Sky” came out in 1952, starring Kirk Douglas.

I’m still wondering where that river crossing is in “Shane.” I guess it’s a shallow stretch of the Snake. But, heh, it’s 3 in the morning.


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