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
A drawing of Dutton Peabody, founder, owner and editor of the Shinbone Star (he also sweeps out the place), is displayed in the newsroom of the paper in the early scene where Stoddard is being interviewed. See more »
Ransom Stoddard, at the school scene, makes a reference to "truck farmer." This phrase refers not to the motorized vehicle, but to the much older use of "truck" meaning barter or commerce. See more »
[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch]
Thanks, Jason. On time.
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It's easy to join the caravan of people who enjoy this movie
With Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne leading the way, it's easy to join the caravan of people who enjoy The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. This movie tells a compelling story about the changing atmosphere of West as well as the impact of legends. It's also full of interesting characters, including Lee Marvin as a despicable villain. I completely understand why this Western is considered a classic.
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