David Carradine starred as Shane, a
gunfighter wandering the Wyoming territory of
the late 19th century who hired on as a cowhand
to champion the cause of widow, Marian Starett
(Jill Ireland) and her young son, Joey (Christopher Shea)
who sees Shane as a father figure since the death
of his own Pa.
Friends and foes of the Starett family
- Tom Tully as Tom Starett, Marion's
- Sam Gilman as Sam Grafton, the
- Steve Ihnat as R. G. Posey, a down and out cowboy
hired to work at the Starett ranch.
- Robert Brown as Senator Warren
Eliot, Marion's old flame who had traveled
from back east to her Wyoming ranch and
insisted she leave with him and start a new
life in the city.
- Diane Ladd as Amy Sloate, the new
- Larry D. Mann as Harve
- Owen Bush as Ben.
Bert Freed as Rufe Ryker, a rancher
who claims he has the right to all the land in
the area because he was there first.
Whenever tragedy befalls the valley, short of
disease, you can be sure he's behind it, like
the time he threatened to burn the winter what
crop or caused the death of a farmer's cattle
by poisoning his waterhole. Ryker tried
to hire Shane, but he refused. When the new
school teacher arrived in town, Ryker vowed
the school would never open.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series is based on
the 1949 novel "Shane" by Jack Schaefer and the classic western Shane (1953) directed
by George Stevens and starring Alan Ladd in the
lead role as Shane, a weary gunfighter who
protects a group of homesteaders from Ryker, a
vicious rancher who lays claim to all the land
in the valley.
film showdown between Shane and Wilson (Jack Palance), a deadly gunfighter recruited to
intimidate the homesteaders to leave the area,
Shane goads Wilson into shooting when he says
"You're a low-down Yankee liar." As Shane leaves
the area on horseback, never to return, the
Starett boy's plea "Shane, come back!" echoes
into the wilderness.
Obituaries: Jill Ireland: 05/18/1990; Tom Tully:
04/27/1982; Bert Freed: 08/02/1994; Sam Gilman:
12/03/1985; Owen Bush: 06/12/2001;
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