- AFI's 100 Years... Series:
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The famous closing line from the movie was thought by some to be "Come back, Shane!". It's actually the reverse ("Shane! Come back!").
- Completely Different Title: The film's Brazilian title was "The Brutes Also Love".
- The Danza: Jack Palance as Jack Wilson. Perhaps to defy this trope, he is credited as Walter Jack Palance.
- Dueling Dubs: The film was dubbed to Japanese about seven times, which is a really unusual amount of dubbed versions for a single film with no sequels, reboots or spin-offs, and defeating the previous Japanese champion on dubbed versions, Star Wars.
- Recycled: The Series: In 1966, there was a single season of the Shane television series. Starring David Carradine as Shane!
- Referenced by...:
- Logan has Charles Xavier and Laura watching Shane at the hotel, where by that time (2023), the movie is almost a hundred years old. They notably watch the scene where Shane tells Joey that "There are no more guns in the valley.", which Laura recites at the end of the movie as a eulogy for Logan.
- Both The Parallax View and The Departed have a scene in a bar where the main character (played by Warren Beatty in the former and Leonardo Dicaprio in the latter) is harassed into a fight because he orders something other than an alcoholic beverage (milk in the former, cranberry juice in the latter.
- In The Negotiator, the hostage negotiators played by Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey get into a discussion as to whether Shane lived at the end.
- Hark! A Vagrant did a comic about the ending of Shane, where Joey decides to call for Shane...as in on a cell phone. Kate Beaton also concludes that 'Marian should have hit that'.
- One of the endings to the infamous CDTV game The Town With No Name has a kid yell "Come back, Shane!" as the player character goes back on the train as soon as he arrives and the guy shoots the kid, claiming that "My name's not Shane, kid" before the train flies off into space.
- Scully Box: Alan Ladd was only 5'6", and this had to be compensated for. When he is in scenes with Van Heflin the two are about the same height, although Heflin was far taller. When Ladd is shown with Jean Arthur he is perhaps a bit taller than she. When Heflin is shown with her, Heflin is far taller than she.
- Serendipity Writes the Plot: Wilson's entrance was written as a dramatic gallop into town, but it was changed to a walk due to Jack Palance's inexperience with horse riding. This has the result of making him look like a guy who doesn't need to show off, heading down the street like he owns it, and George Stevens later admitted that the result was far more menacing than what he'd originally planned.
- The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film was completed in 1951, but it wasn't released until two years later due to extensive re-editing.
- What Could Have Been:
- George Stevens originally cast Montgomery Clift as Shane and William Holden as Joe Starrett. When both decided to do other films instead, the film was nearly abandoned before Stevens asked studio head Y. Frank Freeman who was available. Upon seeing a list of actors under contract to the studio, Stevens cast Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and Jean Arthur within three minutes.
- Joel McCrea turned down the role of Joe Starrett, because he didn't want people to think he couldn't carry a film on his own.
- Katharine Hepburn was the original choice for Marian.
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