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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two Great Stars Appear Together For the First Time! 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:

Un tiro en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,891,143, 31 December 1963
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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

Edmond O'Brien said, "I have never seen John Ford happier than he was in making this; he came on the set positively beaming every morning, and that was not the usual thing with him." O'Brien also said everyone involved seemed to enjoy making the film. See more »

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Another song played at the Convention is "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here" from the song "Alabama Jubilee," written in 1915 and based on the chorus of "With Cat-Like Tread," ("Come Friends Who Plough The Sea") from Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance', written in 1879. Since the "Pirates" chorus would not have been played in a convention, this references a "Hail! Hail!" usage when the piece was written later than the action of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Ransom Stoddard: [descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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THIS IS HOW YOU SHOOT A WESTERN, PILGRUM
1 November 2002 | by brianlionSee all my reviews

I first saw "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" as a young kid, and I guess seeing a masterpiece early in life spoils you. There have not been too many western movies like this one, and will probably never be again. John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart together, along with Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Edmond O'Brien and Andy Devine cast beautifully. Director John Ford's legacy is in place as it is obvious that true pros did more than just read a great script. Marvin is a cruel villian, and the mixture of hero John Wayne, and anti-hero Stewart bring a stark contrast to the black and white images on screen. The cast is truly colorful and each scene memorable. It is one of the great westerns and great movies of all time.


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