Monday, February 11, 2019

Shane (1953)

Michael and Pax come back to shoot the breeze about George Stevens' classic Shane, starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, and Jean Arthur. Is Marian in love with Shane? Is Joey the most annoying character in cinema? What's up with that ending? And how does Batman fit into all this?

There's also Pony Express mail and short discussions of the Wrong Reel podcast's Billy the Kid episode and a couple of films: Blood on the Moon and Woman Walks Ahead.


  1. Joey is pretty much the reason I can't watch "Shane" that often.

    I mainly remember Elisha Cook Jr from his role as Wilmer in "The Maltese Falcon", but he seems to do the small man tough guy with a huge chip on his shoulder very well.

    And I don't recall if you've done "Pale Rider" yet, but it might be a potential discussion to cover how it is essentially Clint Eastwood retelling "Shane" with it being moved to the California foothills and pitting large scale vs small scale miners. You can pretty much match the two films plot point to plot point including the latter film even having an equivalent to the stump in the farmyard.

  2. It's been too long since I've seen Pale Rider and I certainly wasn't thinking about Shane at the time. Now I want to watch it again soon while Shane's still fresh. Thanks, Zeke!