- At the time of filming, Jack Palance was not comfortable with horses. The one good mount he achieved during the numerous takes was used in the film. The scene where he walks his horse into town was not originally planned that way, but due to his noticeably unsteady riding manner, director George Stevens filmed it as such, and the shot has since become a memorable part of movie history.
- The music cues for the climactic ride that Shane takes to the showdown are from an earlier Paramount film, Rope of Sand (1949).
- In the funeral scene, the dog consistently refused to look into the grave. Finally, director George Stevens had the dog's trainer lie down in the bottom of the grave, and the dog played his part ably. The coffin (loaded with rocks for appropriate effect) was then lowered into the grave; but when the harmonica player began to play "Taps" spontaneously, the crew was so moved by the scene that they began shoveling dirt into the grave before remembering the dog's trainer was still there.
- George Stevens originally cast Montgomery Clift as Shane, and William Holden as Joe Starrett. When both decided to do other films instead, the film nearly was abandoned before Stevens asked studio head Y. Frank Freeman who was available. Upon seeing a list of actors with current contracts, Stevens cast Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and 'Jean Arthur' within 3 minutes.
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