Shane: Season 1, Episode 1

The Distant Bell (10 Sep. 1966)

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When Amy Sloate shows up to start a school, Rufe Ryker gives orders to burn down the barn that would house the school. Miss. Sloate doesn't like the raw wilderness and violence she sees and... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Tom Tully ...
Christopher Shea ...
Joey Starett (as Chris Shea)
Owen Bush ...
Karl Lukas ...
Ed Howell
Lawrence Mann ...
Del Ford ...
Bobby Howell
Amy Sloate
Sam Gilman ...


When Amy Sloate shows up to start a school, Rufe Ryker gives orders to burn down the barn that would house the school. Miss. Sloate doesn't like the raw wilderness and violence she sees and is advised by Shane to leave. Marion is adamant that there will be a school, no matter how much Ryker is against it so she starts a school in the saloon. When Shane hears Ryker still caused trouble, he goes to Plan B. Written by Michelle

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There was a character named Ed who was going to have the school in his barn. He was in several scenes, yet he was never credited. See more »


Rufe Ryker: I want to be reasonable.
Shane: Well, that's a start.
Rufe Ryker: There can't be no school.
Shane: And that's the finish.
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Ryker is ruthless!
5 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is one of the best Shane episodes. I loved the relationship established right off. Though Shane isn't the head of the house, he's the head of the house! In this episode, we see the "more than friends" relationship between Marian and Shane from the way they fight, to the way Shane father's Joey, to the way he takes care of the family. This pretty much sets up the mood for the entire series.

The fact that Ryker will go into a room where children are seated to drink is one hint that this man leaves a lot to be desired. But when his men started smashing up the place, that almost made me sick. This is a good story to begin the show with because it shows just what level Ryker will go to make sure his rules are followed. He doesn't care if children are involved or not, his way is THE way...

On another note, I noticed right off that Joey calls his mother "mom." That was unheard of back in the 1800's. It wasn't until much later that the word "Mom" came to be used as the mother. He should have been saying "Ma."

The story line was very good, though. I enjoyed watching how unaccepted a school was in the untamed West. I imagine that concept is pretty factual. Shane also made his place known - he was much more than "Just" a hired hand...

On a closing note, I am basing my reviews of this show solely on this show alone. I have not seen the 1955 movies, "Shane." In my mind, this show stands separate from it.

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