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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.
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Tom Doniphon
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Ransom Stoddard
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Hallie Stoddard
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Liberty Valance
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Dutton Peabody
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Link Appleyard
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Doc Willoughby
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Maj. Cassius Starbuckle
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Nora Ericson
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Peter Ericson
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Jason Tully - Conductor
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Maxwell Scott
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Pompey
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Amos Carruthers
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Floyd
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Reese
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Handy Strong
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Herbert Carruthers
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Mayor Winder
Joseph Hoover ...
Charlie Hasbrouck - Reporter for 'The Star'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Akins ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Mario Arteaga ...
Henchman (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
Leonard Baker ...
Man (uncredited)
John Barton ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Musician (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ...
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Michael Cirillo ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Russell Custer ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Jaye Durkus ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Bar X Man (uncredited)
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Kaintuck (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ...
Cantina Bartender (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
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Buck Langhorn (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ...
Shotgun (uncredited)
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Clute Dumfries (uncredited)
Tex Holden ...
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ...
Drummer (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Party Member at Convention (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Mrs. Prescott - Widow in Stage Holdup (uncredited)
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Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
Jack Lilley ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Jacqueline Malouf ...
Lietta Appleyard (uncredited)
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Highpockets (uncredited)
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Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
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Statesman (uncredited)
King Mojave ...
Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
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Cowboy on Pinto Pony (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ...
Roughrider (uncredited)
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Drummer (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Jack - Bartender (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
John Quijada ...
Townsman (uncredited)
John Rice ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ...
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel ...
Election Council President (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ...
Cowboy (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
George Tracy ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Sid Troy ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Williams ...
Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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James Warner Bellah ... (screenplay) and
Willis Goldbeck ... (screenplay)
 
Dorothy M. Johnson ... (based on the story by)

Produced by

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Willis Goldbeck ... producer
John Ford ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Cyril J. Mockridge ... (music scored by) (as Cyril Mockridge)

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Otho Lovering ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Stu Linder ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Eddie Imazu
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer ... (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)
Ron Talsky ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Gary Morris ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Don Robb ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wingate Smith ... assistant director
Bud Brill ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Robert Ayres ... illustrator (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles Grenzbach ... sound recordist
Philip Mitchell ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Sarah McGrail ... image processing specialist (uncredited)

Stunts

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John Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Montana ... stunts (uncredited)
Montie Montana ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Denis Cameron ... still photographer (uncredited)
John R. Hamilton ... still photographer (uncredited)
Carl Manoogian ... crane operator (uncredited)
Harrold Weinberger ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

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Irvin Talbot ... conductor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Two Great Stars Appear Together For the First Time! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'homme qui tua Liberty Valance (France)
  • Der Mann der Liberty Valance erschoss (Germany)
  • El hombre que mató a Liberty Valance (Spain)
  • L'home que va matar Liberty Valance (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Mannen som skjøt Liberty Valance (Norway)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia O.Z. Whitehead, playing a teenager, was actually 50 years old. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited from Tales of Wells Fargo (1957). See more »
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Quotes Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
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