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Jack  Schaefer

Western author Jack Schaefer at his writing studio, circa 1980s              short profile

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             studio portrait of Western author Jack Schaefer in 1955

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Jack Schaefer received:
Distinguished Achievement Award in 1975 from the Western Literature Assn.
Saddleman Award in 1986 from Western Writers of America

Jack Schaefer entry at Wikipedia
official website/blog
Jack Schaefer credits [1953-2003] at Internet Movie Database

Major  Works
Announced 12/2016: U.N.M Press negotiated the rights for reissues of twelve of Jack Schaefer's books: three in October 2016,
four in June 2017, and five in Fall 2017; the titles will have uniform covers and be published in paperback and Kindle editions.
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★                ★

"Shane" [1949]
Initially serialized in Argosy Magazine in 1946 under the title "Rider From Nowhere"; published in book form by Houghton Mifflin in 1949;
listed by Publishers Weekly as #9 All-time Bestselling Paperback Children's Book (2001) • book entry at Wikipedia

Shane book   HMH Books For Young Readers 8¼x5½ pb [3/2014] for $5.62
Univ New Mexico Press 8x5½ pb [6/2017] for $13.89  6/2017
Bantam Starfire pb [10/83] out of print/90+ used
Perfection Learning 8¼x5¼ library hardcover [3/2014] for $13.44
Blackstone Audio UNABR audio CD [6/2010] for $19.55
Valdemar/Frontera Spanish-language 9x6½ pb [2014] out of print/used
critical edition edited by James C. Work
Univ Nebraska Press pb [1994] out of print/40+ used
hardcover edition illustrated by J. McCormick
Houghton Mifflin YA hardcover [1992] out of print/many used

won Oscar for Best Cinematography    Shane video  "Shane" feature film [Paramount April 1953]
Directed by George Stevens, screenplay by A.B. Guthrie Jr. from the Jack Schaefer novel; starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon DeWilde, Jack Palance & Ben Johnson; Oscar nomi-nations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (JP & BDW), won for Best Cinematography; listed at National Film Registry 1993
Paramount color DVD [8/2000] for $22.49
Hungry Minds color VHS [4/98] for $9.95
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [11/2013 upload; 2:03] online at YouTube

also filmed as "Konyakçi" [Fer Film Turkey 1965]
'Konyakçi' Turkish remake of 'Shane'  Turkish dialog with music, no subtitles; all ride horses but wear modern-looking clothing; family of sheepherders have trouble with gentry who run the town, while a saddle tramp wanders around sipping from a never-empty pint bottle • Produced by Fahriye Tamkan; directed by Tunç Basaran; written by & starring Yilmaz Güney
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
watch full b&w movie [1:09:52] online at YouTube

"Shane" TV series [ABC-TV Sept-Dec 1966]
Shane TV series  17 hour-long episodes; drifter Shane works for the sodbuster Starett family and protects them from ruthless landowners and other perils . . . • Co-produced & co-written by Denne Bart Petitclerc; starring David Carradine, Jill Ireland, Tom Tully, Christopher Shea, Bert Freed, Sam Gilman, Owen Bush, Lawrence Mann, Ned Romero; guest actors included Bradford Dillman, Charles Grodin, X Brands, Joseph Campanella, J.D. Cannon, Robert Duvall, Jack Ging, Joanne Linville, Warren Oates, James Whitmore, Constance Ford, Skip Homeier, Phyllis Love, J. Pat O'Malley, Cliff Osmond, Archie Moore, Claire Wilcox, Diane Ladd, Dee Pollock, George Sawaya, Daniel J. Travanti, Phyllis Davis, Bill Quinn, Bill Coontz
Shout! Factory/Timeless Media DVD [3/2015] for $17.99
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia

"Son of Shane" spaghetti Western [Italy 1968]
aka "I'll Sell My Skin Dearly (Vendo Cara la Pelle)"
Son of Shane 1968 spaghetti Western  Really terrible Italian-German film; comments on YouTube are mostly complaints ('Why are all the actors cross-eyed?'); begins with a flashback to the killing of Shane's father over a gold mine . . . • Directed by Ettore Maria Fizzarotti; written by Giovanni Simonelli; music by Enrico Ciacci; starring Mike Marshall, Michèle Girardon, Valerio Bartoleschi, Dane Savours, Spartaco Conversi, Germano Longo, Paolo Maga-lotti, Anna Manduchi, Furio Meniconi, Fulvio Pellegrino, Serafino Profumo, Sandro Scarchilli, Ake Wahl
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
watch full movie [12/2013 upload; 1:14:24] online at YouTube
G.D.M. Music original soundtrack CD [6/2010] out of prodn/used
★                ★

"First Blood and Other Stories" [1953]
First Blood and Other Stories book by Jack Schaefer  shorter version entitled "The Silver Whip" published in Collier's Magazine in 1952; published as 150-page short novel in 1953; a boy grown up in the West dreams of becoming a whip-wielding stagecoach driver, and when he gets his chance gets robbed and then fired and becomes a deputy. The last of the stage bandits is caught & brought to jail and the townspeople demand a lynching . . . • the other three stories are "Jacob", "Salt of The Earth", and "One Man's Honor"
Univ New Mexico Press 7x5½ pb [6/2017] for $13.89  6/2017
Bantam Books mass pb [1988] out of print/used
Bantam Books mass pb [1988] out of print/used
Ballantine mass pb [1953] out of print/used
'The Silver Whip' 1953 Western movie  filmed as "The Silver Whip" [Fox Feb 1953]
Directed by Harmon Jones; written by Jesse Lasky Jr., based on a novel by Jack Schaefer; music by Lionel Newman; starring Dale Robertson, Rory Calhoun, Robert Wagner, Kathleen Crowley, James Millican, Lola Albright, J.M. Kerrigan, John Kellogg, Ian MacDonald
Fox Cinema Archives b&w DVD [5/2013] for $19.98
Fox Cinema Archives b&w DVD [5/2013] for $19.98
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [3/2015 upload; 1:13:21] online at YouTube

★                ★

"The Big Range" short stories [1953]
UNM Press re-issue 6/2017

"The Canyon" [1953]
UNM Press re-issue 12/2016

"The Pioneers" short stories [1954]
UNM Press re-issue 6/2017

"Out West: An Anthology of Stories" [1955] (editor)

"Dakota" [1955 novel?] by Jack Schaefer
Curtis Publng mass pb [1955] out of print/scarce

"Company of Cowards" [1957] - filmed as "Advance To The Rear" [M.G.M. June 1964] /tt0057820/
UNM Press re-issue Fall 2017

"The Kean Land and Other Stories" [1959]
UNM Press re-issue Fall 2017

"Old Ramon" [1960] by Jack Schaefer - received the Newbery Honor Award in 1961
UNM Press re-issue 12/2016

"Tales From The West" [1961]

"Incident On The Trail" [1962]

"The Plainsmen" children's book [1963]

★                ★

"Monte Walsh" [1963 novel]
Monte Walsh novel by Jack Schaefer  
1963 novel by Jack Schaefer
Univ NE Press 8x5¼ pb [1/2002] for $11.17
Buccaneer hardcover [1/63] out of print/used
Monte Walsh movie directed by William A. Fraker, starring Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau & Jack Palance  1970 feature film [Cinema Center Oct 1970]
"Monte Walsh is haunting and lyrical; a slow, realistic, and melancholy poem on celluloid."
— per Stephen T. McCarthy of Arizona

Directed by William A. Fraker; starring Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitch Ryan, Jim Davis & G.D. Spradlin
Fox color VHS [2/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Monte Walsh 2003 TV movie directed by Simon Wincer, starring Tom Selleck  T.N.T. TV movie [air date 17 Jan 2003]
Directed by Simon Wincer; starring Tom Selleck, Joanna Miles, Keith Carradine, George Eads, Robert Carradine, William Devane & Isabella Rossellini
Warner widescreen DVD [7/2003] for $21.49
Warner color VHS [7/2003] for $50.97
Warner VHS w/Spanish subtitles [7/2003] for $50.97
full credits at IMDbT.N.T. official website
UNM Press re-issue Fall 2017

★                ★

"The Great Endurance Horse Race: 600 Miles On A Single Mount, 1908, From Evanston, Wyoming, To Denver" [1963]

"Shane and Other Stories" [1963] (publr Andre Deutsch, London)

★                ★

"Stubby Pringle's Christmas" children's book [1964]

"Stubby Pringle's Christmas" TV movie [1978]
UNM Press re-issue Fall 2017

★                ★

"Heroes Without Glory: Some Good Men of The Old West" [1965]
UNM Press re-issue 12/2016

"Collected Stories" [1966]

"Adolphe Francis Alphonse Bandelier" [1966]
see also the Adolph Bandelier [1840-1914] Page

"New Mexico" [1967]

"The Short Novels of Jack Schaefer" [1967]

"Mavericks" children's book [1967]
UNM Press re-issue Fall 2017

"Hal West: Western Gallery" [1971]

"An American Bestiary" [1973]

"Conversations With A Pocket Gopher and Other Outspoken Neighbors" [1978]

"Jack Schaefer and The American West: Eight Stories" [1978] edited by C.E.J. Smith

"The Collected Stories of Jack Schaefer" [1985]

Movies & TV,  Other  Media
Jack Schaefer credits [1953-2003] at Internet Movie Database

"The Mirror" [Feb 1956] episode /tt0614557/
of "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre" TV series [NBC-TV 1955-58]

"Tribute To A Bad Man" [M.G.M. March 1956] /tt0049881/
based on Schaefer's short story; starring James Cagney & Irene Papas

"Once A Hero" [Dec 1956] episode /tt0537718/
of the "Cavalcade of America" TV series [ABC-TV 1952-57]

"Trooper Hook" feature film [United Artists July 1957] /tt0051111/
based on Schaefer's short story; starring Joel McCrea & Barbara Stanwyck

"They Went Thataway" [Aug 1960] episode /tt0659373/
of the "New Comedy Showcase" TV series [Desilu/CBS-TV 1960]
co-written by Jack Schaefer

Other  Works

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Works  About  Jack Schaefer

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Family  &  Friends
Jack Warner Schaefer was born 19 November 1907 in Cleveland, Ohio; he moved to New Mexico in 1955 and died there at age 83 on 24 January 1991.

father Carl Walter Schaefer [] - an attorney in Lakewood, Ohio
mother Minnie (Hively) Schaefer []
brother Richard Schaefer [d. prior to 1997]
older sister Dorothy Schaefer Teare
sister Catherine Schaefer McEwan

first wife Eugenia Ives Schaefer [] - married 1931, divorced 1948
three sons and a daughter (son Jon Schaefer)

second wife Louise Deans Schaefer [] - married 1949, widowed 1991
three stepchildren

L i n k s
Jack Schaefer entry at Wikipedia
Jack Schaefer credits [1953-2003] at Internet Movie Database
search books for Jack Schaefer {returns 160+ titles} at Amazon

Jack Schaefer fan pages at Aristos website
July 1997 biographical article by Dan Chabek in the Lakewood [Ohio] Sun Post

here on the Jack Schaefer [1907-91] Page at 'Readers of the Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

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