A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
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
It was widely pointed out at the time that it would have been quite obvious Valance had been killed by a bullet fired from a rifle. See more »
When teaching his students, Ransom asks what the supreme law of the land is. When a pupil (Pompey) gives the correct answer of the Constitution, he incorrectly tells him the right answer is the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is a statement of principles and a justification for the colonies' rebellion, but certainly not law in any way. See more »
[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch]
Thanks, Jason. On time.
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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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