Shane (1953)

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Jack Wilson, Ryker's hired gunslinger, angers Frank Torrey (a sod-buster) into drawing by taunting him, and then killing him. During Torrey's funeral, Lewis's home is set on fire by Ryker's men but saved from ruin by the homesteaders who decide they should stand up to the cattle baron. Infuriated by this event, Rufe Ryker directs his brother, Morgan, to ride to Joe's homestead and tell him to meet Ryker to talk things over 'reasonably' at the saloon. Joe naively accepts, but Shane hears from Calloway who has decided to leave Ryker, that it's a set-up. Shane tries to warn Joe (Sr.), along with his wife, and eventually is forced to fight with Joe and knocks him out cold. Marian forgives Shane, but Joey (Jr.) yells "I hate you!" and runs away. Marian then says a heart-felt good-bye to Shane, leaving the possibility that they're in love, and realizing she'll never see him again. As Shane rides off, Joey (Jr.) decides to forgive Shane, but Shane is already gone, so Joey follows him. At the saloon, Shane confronts Ryker and Wilson, He taunts both of them into a gunfight and shoots them. Shane starts to leave but Joey, who is watching from behind the door, sees Morgan, who is partially hidden on a balcony, aiming to shoot Shane. Joey shouts a warning to Shane, who turns around just in time. But Morgan fires once before Shane shoots, and Morgan dies, toppling from the balcony to the barroom floor where his brother and Wilson also lie dead. Shane goes out of the bar, and meets Joey, who apologizes and tries to convince Shane to stay. He also notices that Shane has been wounded ("Shane! You're hurt! It's bloody!"), but Shane shrugs it off and rides away. Joey yells "Shane! Shane, come back!", but Shane pays continues to ride off into the mountains from whence he came at the beginning of the film.

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Other mistake: During the final shootout in the saloon, young Joey yells, "Shane, look out!" Alan Ladd whirls around and his gun goes off. But the gun isn't pointed anywhere near the bad guy who is standing on the second floor balcony. Shane more than likely shot the furnace that was off to the right. Yet, the bad guy still manages to do a face plant on the barroom floor.


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Rufus Ryker: I'm through foolin', Grafton. From now on when we fight with them, the air is gonna be filled with - gunsmoke.

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Question: Am I the only one that has seen an alternate ending to Shane? I saw it once where he comes riding back from over the hill.

Answer: During the 1960's, there was a TV Series, "Shane," which ran for one season on ABC. The premise was Shane returned to the ranch to help the now widowed Starrett and her son.

Thanks for the reply, but my daughter already suggested that one. That definitely wasn't it though. I've never even seen that TV show. The one I saw first was Allan Ladd and no other. All the other actors the same as well. There is no other movie that I have ever thought this about.

Answer: As far as I know there is no alternate ending. I've watched it for over forty years.

I saw Shane for the first time in 1970. I do remember it well. It was a slightly different version. I've seen it several times since and it is a different version. The first one I saw was like this... The father was not as good of a husband and father. Shane and the woman had a bit more than just an attraction. The farmer knocked Shane out and the farmer went to town and got himself killed. After leaving, Shane came back over the hill. The boy, with tears in his eyes, yelled "Shane you came back".

This is a perfect example of the Mandela Effect. No alternate version of the film exists where Shane comes back over the hill. There would be no reason for the studio to spend the money to script, shoot, edit, and distribute two versions of a film that vary so wildly. That there is no evidence of this alternate version other than "memories" should indicate that it doesn't actually exist. It is possible you are conflating elements of the film and the 1966 television series.


Yeah, that's what everyone says. So far no-one has seen what I saw. My best guess is that I saw an alternate version of the movie that they accidentally released briefly to my local Dayton Ohio TV station in 1970. Then again maybe I was briefly transported to an alternate universe where that is their version? Just kidding... I think?

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