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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Who's The Better Man Here? Answer: Neither. See more (219 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
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to John Ford's grandson, many people involved in the shooting remarked on Ford's lack of energy and complete disregard for details such as background effects. Lindsay Anderson, in his book-length study of the director, says, "No doubt this was yet another instance of Ford's growing impatience with the business of shooting: it was no longer 'fun.' He resented the demands of narrative, of crowd-pleasing spectacle, the trappings of 'art.' And in places the work suffered."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tom Doniphon enters the room that the territorial convention is held, we can see several women watching the convention from outside the room. However, later when Tom and Ransom Stoddard leave the room (and when Ransom re-enters the room), the women are gone.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ransom Stoddard:[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Dead End (#2.18)" (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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35 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Who's The Better Man Here? Answer: Neither., 22 June 2007
Author: jvincent1 from United States

I just read the comments of someone from August 30, 2004, who had reached the conclusion that John Wayne's character had stepped aside "for the better man," played by Jimmy Stewart. From my view, nothing could be farther from the truth. For all Ransom Stoddard's disdain for frontier violence, in the end, he was left with no choice but to pick-up a gun to finally silence Liberty Valance, something Valance knew better than to do with Wayne's Tom Doniphon. Call Stoddard the idealist and Doniphon the realist, but don't call him the better man. In 1946, John Ford directed My Darling Clementine, perfectly blending Wayne and Henry Fonda with his usual cast of characters to create a masterwork. Sixteen years later, he put Wayne together with Stewart (plus all the ol' gang) and made another peerless film. There was a time I didn't really "get" John Ford and John Wayne. One day, I awoke and now, the greatness of these two giants of the cinema is undeniable.

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