Under Appreciated Ben Johnson
He's the cowpoke who nicknames Shane as 'sodypop' to his regret. His slow, drawling goading is classic:
"Why don't you go back with the women and children where it's safe?"
"Did you think you was gonna come in here and drink with the men?"
Ben Johnson was a real life rodeo champion who played small parts in many westerns. He brought authenticity with him. I like how in this movie he chooses not to participate in the mass beat down of Shane after Shane has beaten him in a fair fight. Johnson has few lines, but you can see how his character (Chris) slowly realizes he doesn't want to be on the side of Ryker. It all in his eyes, until he finally goes to Shane to warn him that Starretts going into an ambush.
It's a small part, not unlike the soft spoken cavalrymen he played in John Ford westerns.
Soy 'un hijo de la playa'