Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer. Its Oscar-winning cinematography was by Loyal Griggs. The film stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin, and features Brandon deWilde, Elisha Cook, Jr., Jack Palance and Ben Johnson. Shane was listed No. 45 in the 2007 edition of AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies list and No. 3 on AFI's 10 Top 10 in the category Western. Shane (Alan Ladd), a drifter wearing buckskin and a six shooter, rides into an isolated valley in the sparsely settled state of Wyoming some time after enactment of the Homestead Act of 1862. A skilled gunslinger with a mysterious past, Shane is invited to dinner by homesteader Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and his wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and learns of an ongoing conflict between the valley's homesteaders and the ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer), who is trying to drive the ranchers out of the valley and seize their land. Starrett offers Shane a job as a farmhand, and he accepts.