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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- James Stewart

Overview - In John Ford's stark, melancholy swan song for the conventional frontier Western, aged Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) returns to the small town of Shinbone with his wife, Hallie (Vera Miles), for the funeral of his friend, Tom Doniphan (John Wayne), where he recounts for reporters his relationship with the man.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In John Ford's stark, melancholy swan song for the conventional frontier Western, aged Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) returns to the small town of Shinbone with his wife, Hallie (Vera Miles), for the funeral of his friend, Tom Doniphan (John Wayne), where he recounts for reporters his relationship with the man. His arrival in the town years earlier as a newly minted lawyer had been welcomed with a vicious beating by Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), a flamboyant thug hired by powerful business interests fearful of the lawyer's intentions to stump for statehood. Doniphan, a rancher and feared gunman, finds Stoddard unconscious, takes him into town, and continues to protect him, particularly after coming to realize that the woman he loves cares more for the lawyer. Despite Doniphan's warnings that the only law in the region comes at the end of a gun barrel, the stubborn lawyer insists on teaching the illiterate townspeople about the rule of law in a democratic society. When Stoddard is elected as the regional delegate to the territorial convention, Valance baits the politician, a notoriously inept gunman, into a showdown. The film, which plays like a Western version of Freud's CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS, reflects the aging director's ambivalence about many of the beliefs that had animated his earlier work. Shot on two soundstages because of a limited budget and Ford's poor health, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE blends a stripped-down look with an intentionally fractured, ambiguous narrative to stand as a haunting elegy for the fearless gunman, the endless wilderness, and the loss of freedom their vanishing betokens.

Cast List

Carleton Young - American Character Actor
Carleton G. Young - American Character Actor
Charles Seel
Woody Strode - American Character Actor
Woodrow Strode - American Character Actor
Dorothy Johnson
Joseph Hoover - Actor
Willis Goldbeck - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Jeanette Nolan - American Supporting Actress
Lee Marvin - American Actor
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
James Warner Bellah - Screenwriter
John Carradine - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
John Peter Richmond - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
Richmond Reed Carradine - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
Ken Murray - American Actor/Vaudevillian
Andy Devine - American Character Actor
James Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Jimmy Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
John Qualen - Character Actor
Alfred Newman - Composer/Conductor/D.1970
Paul Birch - American Actor
Willis Bouchey - American Actor
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Cyril Mockridge
Anna Lee - British Actress
Joan Boniface Winnifrith - British Actress
Otho S. Lovering - Editor, mostly Westerns, 1920s-1960s
Otto Lovering - Editor, mostly Westerns, 1920s-1960s
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Edith Head - Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
Denver Pyle - American character actor, DUKES OF HAZZARD (1979)
Vera Miles - American Actress
Vera Ralston - American Actress
Dutton Peabody
Strother Martin - American Supporting Actor
O.Z. Whitehead
Eddie Imazu - Art Director\"..Ziegfeld"
William Clothier - American Director of Photography
William H. Clothier - American Director of Photography

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 032429265388
  • Genre: Westerns
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: February 2017

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Reviews:
"...Director John Ford's last masterpiece, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, features a killer cast..." - 06/08/2001 USA Today, p.6E


"...John Ford's valedictory to the Old West...with Wayne wringing a surprising amount of pathos out of his role..." - 06/08/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.55


"[O]ne of Ford's most moving films. It boasts three superb performances." - 02/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.68


"[O]ddly stirring and ahead of its time." - 06/01/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


"[The film offers] a bittersweet look at the closing of the frontier by focusing on two strikingly different men who help one town choose law and order over the chaos of the open range." - 06/03/2009 A.V. Club

 
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