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Release Date:
22 April 1962 (USA) See more »
Two Great Stars Appear Together For the First Time! See more »
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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A true classic of the Western genre. See more (225 total) »


  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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123 min | Brazil:124 min | West Germany:113 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Denver Pyle played O.Z. Whitehead's father, despite being nine years younger than him.See more »
Continuity: Dutton Peabody was a little lax in his typesetting. The SHINEBONE STAR newspaper Rance Stoddard complimented Peabody on ("Cattlemen Fight Statehood") was VOL XXX, No. 42. Then many weeks (or months) later at the election of delegates Liberty Valance picks up a newspaper ("Two Homesteaders Killed By Liberty Valance and Gang") which also carries the same VOL. XXX, No 42.See more »
[first lines]
Ransom Stoddard:[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A true classic of the Western genre., 18 November 2007
Author: vhmbnmcbm from United States

Although I have seen this movie numerous times, I am just getting around to commenting on it. I measure other films against it when I see them. The James Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, and Woody Strode performances are magnificent. It is important to note the contributions of past and future notables: Andy Devine, Lee Van Cleef (Hang'em High), and Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke).

This movie captures some of the aspects of how hard life was on the western frontier towns and how they sprang up and died later in the era. Also, it it depicts how law and order are just as important today as in that time. Without L&O, you are in just another "third world" broken nation.

A superb motion picture!

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