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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

Writers:

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

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Taglines:

Together For The First Time - James Stewart - John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford 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:

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

John Ford Productions See more »
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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

Although it was never used in the score, a popular pop ballad was inspired by the movie. It was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David but not recorded until after the picture came out. It became a Top 10 hit for Gene Pitney. The tune was later recorded by Jimmie Rodgers, James Taylor, and The Royal Guardsmen. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon scene just after Valance is shot , when Doniphon throws Valance's henchman Floyd out the door, Floyd's hat comes off when picked up by Doniphon but magically appears back on his head when he's exiting the saloon. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ransom Stoddard: [descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Salad Days (1972) See more »

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Main Theme
(1939) (uncredited)
from Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Music by Alfred Newman
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The tallest cast in the West?
12 September 2004 | by unclepeteSee all my reviews

I've never really explored the western genre, and plucked this one from the IMDb top 250.

It's a cracking film that I really enjoyed, and one which I now understand why people debate so much.

What struck me though, was how tall the leads are! I'm used to seeing Stewart towering over everybody, but putting him with an astonishingly good Marvin (6' 3") and of course the towering Duke (6' 4 1/2") must make this the tallest cast ever until the Green Mile came along!

I've seen more than one person say that Stewart was twenty years too old for this role. I don't agree, and thought he was fairly convincing in this. There's also nothing to say how old his character was on arriving in Shinbone.


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