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.
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
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 »
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 »
[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch]
Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here!
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.
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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