Cincinnati Babyhead

Speaks his mind on music & movies!

Movie Scene: Shane – One Less Sodbuster

images (98)

Cold.  Mean.  Deadly.

That’s what you get here. From the first shot of Torrey and Swede riding into town to the end shot of Swede dragging Torrey’s body out of the mud.  A great piece of cinema and a Babyhead favorite.

Stevens sets it all up perfectly.  A storm is coming and you can feel it.  The cinematography is beautiful, the scene is ugly.

Palance is all confident,  menacing and intimidating walking the wooden sidewalk with his spurs jingling.  Elisha Cook Jr. is making his way through the mud.  Uneasy and off balance.

“Where do you think you’re going?”

“To get a whisky”

I don’t think so.  Mismatch city.  Palance and Cook are cast perfectly.  Classic.  One of the best.  You see Jack Palance standing in front of a bar, keep walking to the next one.

“One less sodbuster”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on May 1, 2016 by in 1953 Film, Elisha Cook Jr, George Stevens, Jack Palance, Western and tagged , , .


%d bloggers like this: