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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 22 April 1962 (USA)
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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.

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John Ford

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James Warner Bellah (screenplay), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

When Senator Ransom Stoddard returns home to Shinbone for the funeral of Tom Doniphon, he recounts to a local newspaper editor the story behind it all. He had come to town many years before, a lawyer by profession. The stage was robbed on its way in by the local ruffian, Liberty Valance, and Stoddard has nothing to his name left save a few law books. He gets a job in the kitchen at the Ericson's restaurant and there meets his future wife, Hallie. The territory is vying for Statehood and Stoddard is selected as a representative over Valance, who continues terrorizing the town. When he destroys the local newspaper office and attacks the editor, Stoddard calls him out, though the conclusion is not quite as straightforward as legend would have it. Written by garykmcd

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Together For The First Time - James Stewart - John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,891,143
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Company Credits

Production Co:

John Ford Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin (Liberty Valance), Strother Martin (Floyd) and Lee Van Cleef (Reese) had previously appeared together in The Twilight Zone episode "The Grave" The Twilight Zone: The Grave (1961), which aired on October 27, 1961. See more »

Goofs

John Wayne's changing shirt color may be due to filters used. Red and yellow filters are used with B&W film to make blue sky darker, enhancing contrast with clouds. Filters would only have been used when sky and clouds were in frame, also resulting in darkening of Wayne's preferred blue shirt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ransom Stoddard: [descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Essential Western
25 May 2002 | by XRANDYSee all my reviews

In college I took a film class titled "Film and the American Hero". The prof was great but I disagree with his choice of "The Searchers" rather than this gem that deals with the subject of the American hero myth in much more depth. Wayne and Stewart have great chemistry and it's, simply put, a great story.

By the way, people make too much of the "obvious" ending. It really wasn't meant to be a surprise, it was simply the vehicle used to tell the tale. And what a tale it is, one of the best Westerns ever.


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