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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 returns to a western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

James Warner Bellah (screenplay), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Drama | Western

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Trivia

While it is stated that it would have been obvious Valance was killed by a rifle bullet, this is simply not true. It was very common - and economical - for Westerners to carry a pistol and a lever action rifle that chambered the same ammunition. This is still true in modern times, where Winchesters and other old west style rifles are available in a variety of pistol calibers. See more »

Goofs

When Tom tells Rance who really shot Valance, the election signs behind the door are totally different when entering the room to when he leaves. See more »

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Ransom Stoddard: [descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Strong Arms of the Ma (2003) See more »

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Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here!
(1879) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan from "The Pirates of Penzance"
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To hell with the man who cheatingly shot the bully Liberty Valance. Enjoy the huge platters of steaks, beans, potatoes, and deep dish apple pies.
16 December 2019 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

Nothing extraordinary about this overlong, preachy, melodramatic n actionless western.

Apart from the three big names, the other good things were the huge platters of steaks, beans, potatoes, and deep dish apple pie.

A young lawyer (Stewart) fresh outta law school heads for the West looking for adventure n fame. On his way his stagecoach is robbed by a sadistic bully named Valance (Lee Marvin). The lawyer is whipped n left to die. He is saved by Doniphon (Wayne), the only person in the town who can beat Valance. The film is devoid of any good showdown n is a bit lengthy n preachy at times. The performances r top notch but the action was missing. Nothing is explained about the demise, the burning down of the house didn't make any sense, Peabody jus disappeared n the shootout was a big cheat.

Generous with 7 cos of Wayne, Stewart, Marvin, Ford n Van Cleef n of course the lovely steaks n apple pies.


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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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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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John Ford Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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