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Director:
Writers:
James Warner Bellah (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 April 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Two Great Stars Appear Together For the First Time! See more »
Plot:
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
More Marvelous Mythology Played Out In The Old West See more (227 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Tom Doniphon

James Stewart ... Ransom Stoddard

Vera Miles ... Hallie Stoddard

Lee Marvin ... Liberty Valance

Edmond O'Brien ... Dutton Peabody

Andy Devine ... Link Appleyard

Ken Murray ... Doc Willoughby

John Carradine ... Maj. Cassius Starbuckle

Jeanette Nolan ... Nora Ericson

John Qualen ... Peter Ericson

Willis Bouchey ... Jason Tully - Conductor

Carleton Young ... Maxwell Scott

Woody Strode ... Pompey

Denver Pyle ... Amos Carruthers

Strother Martin ... Floyd

Lee Van Cleef ... Reese

Robert F. Simon ... Handy Strong

O.Z. Whitehead ... Herbert Carruthers

Paul Birch ... Mayor Winder
Joseph Hoover ... Charlie Hasbrouck - Reporter for 'The Star'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Akins ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mario Arteaga ... Henchman (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Frank Baker ... Gambler (uncredited)
Leonard Baker ... Man (uncredited)
John Barton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Musician (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Townsman (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jerry Brown ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jaye Durkus ... Townsman (uncredited)

Larry Finley ... Bar X Man (uncredited)

Shug Fisher ... Kaintuck (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Cantina Bartender (uncredited)

Helen Gibson ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Henchman (uncredited)

Tom Hennesy ... Buck Langhorn (uncredited)

William Henry ... Gambler (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Shotgun (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Clute Dumfries (uncredited)
Tex Holden ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ... Drummer (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Party Member at Convention (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Townsman (uncredited)

Anna Lee ... Mrs. Prescott - Widow in Stage Holdup (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
Jack Lilley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jacqueline Malouf ... Lietta Appleyard (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Highpockets (uncredited)

Rod McGaughy ... Statehood Council Member (uncredited)

Charles McQuary ... Statesman (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Statehood Council Member (uncredited)

Montie Montana ... Cowboy on Pinto Pony (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Roughrider (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Drummer (uncredited)

Eva Novak ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Jack - Bartender (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)

Dorothy Phillips ... Townswoman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
John Quijada ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Rice ... Townsman (uncredited)

Chuck Roberson ... Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Bartender (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Election Council President (uncredited)

Tom Smith ... Barfly (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Barfly (uncredited)

Rudy Sooter ... Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Townsman (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Townsman (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
James Warner Bellah (screenplay) and
Willis Goldbeck (screenplay)

Dorothy M. Johnson (based on the story by)

Produced by
Willis Goldbeck .... producer
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (music scored by) (as Cyril Mockridge)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Otho Lovering (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Eddie Imazu 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Ron Talsky (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Robb .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Bud Brill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Ayres .... illustrator (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Philip Mitchell .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Sarah McGrail .... image processing specialist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Montie Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denis Cameron .... still photographer (uncredited)
Carl Manoogian .... crane operator (uncredited)
Harrold Weinberger .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stu Linder .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... conductor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
123 min | Brazil:124 min | West Germany:113 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
John Ford only shot just what he needed with very little extra coverage on. He also preferred to do a minimum of takes, saying that after the first few, the actors get tired and jaded and their performances lack spontaneity. That's why he liked to work with the same people over and over again (the famed Ford "stock company"), because he could count on them to know what he wanted and give it to him on the first take.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the flashback, Tom Doniphon tells Stoddard that he killed Liberty Valance, it is Stoddard who shoots first, then Doniphon. But since we've been shown that Stoddard can't hit the broad side of a barn (and in fact, his aim is wild), Doniphon's probably right.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ransom Stoddard:[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Soundtrack:
Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here!See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
More Marvelous Mythology Played Out In The Old West, 8 June 2002
Author: Shaun Hennessy (henfish) from Chatham, Kent

Ransom Stoddard (Stewart) arrives in the unlikely named town of Shinbone having had his arse 'wupped' by local bad-guy, Liberty Valance (Marvin); but does he seek a bloody revenge on his wicked nemesis? NO. He seeks justice by the book. You see, he's an attorney at law, and he desires to see civilised leanings spring up all over 'south of the Picket Wire'. Laughable really. The only law in the wild-west is the law of the gun. That's what's kept tough rancher, Tom Doniphan (Wayne) alive. And it's the only thing that will work for Stoddard... or is it?!?

Ford doesn't pretend that he's got anything new here. God no! What he's clearly interested in is the marriage (and divorce!) of the primal and the cerebral. He set's the whole thing in the wild-west (a genric canvas second to none) and relies on character and emotion to lead us way beyond the obvious plot. And what he delivers is a sublime debate on the inter-dependency of force and reason. For there are those not prepared to listen to reason and those disenfranchised by the reliance on force; and Ransom Stoddard eventually acknowledges this, embraces the essence of both codes and thereby supercedes Doniphan as the real 'hero' of the new renaissance of the American West.

This is an excellent piece of metaphorical mythology. The monochrome teases us of a 'black and white' world within which the 'reality' of life is oft contained within the shadows. Ford's direction of comedy and drama has never been bettered by himself (not even in the somewhat ponderous 'My Darling Clementine') and the dialogue risks allowing wisdom in Doniphon's horse-poke to be matched by an often acerbic, no-nonsense Stoddard. The characters (and the actors within them) are uniformly excellent. Stewart never puts a foot wrong and this is the high-water mark of Wayne's dramatic capability. The scene in which he realises his love is unrequited and subsequently drinks himself into oblivion reveals a depth few could have thought him capable of. Special mention must also go to Edmond O'Brien's avoidance of (surely tempting) caricaturing the newspaper editor and instead creating a most believable bridge of humanity between the values of the wild west and the civilised east. Lee Marvin's sullen rendition of the bad guy Valance is also outstanding. And it is to Ford's credit that you are always left uncertain as to whether Valance or Doniphan was the tougher cowboy.

The idea of a developing world allowing us to metaphorise our own understanding of and relationship with existence is as old as Zeus (and the God's that preceded him); and in the developing new world of the American west, nobody examined that potential better or more profoundly than John Ford. And this film is one of the crowning moments of that examination.

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