The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Year:
Duration:
123 min | Brazil:124 min | West Germany:113 min (cut version)
Genres:
Drama | Western
IMDB rate:
8.1
Director:
John Ford
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1962-04-22
Filming Locations: California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $3,200,000
Gross: $7,891,143 (USA) ( 1963)
Cast
Actor
Character
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
Lee Van Cleef
Reese
Robert F. Simon
Handy Strong
O.Z. Whitehead
Herbert Carruthers
Paul Birch
Mayor Winder
Joseph Hoover
Charlie Hasbrouck - Reporter for 'The Star'
Charles Akins
Townsman (uncredited)
Mario Arteaga
Henchman (uncredited)
Frank Baker
Gambler (uncredited)
Leonard Baker
Man (uncredited)
Danny Borzage
Musician (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg
Townsman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman
Townsman (uncredited)
Dick Cherney
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Russell Custer
Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Donner
Doubtful (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Larry Finley
Bar X Man (uncredited)
Shug Fisher
Kaintuck (uncredited)
Duke Fishman
Townsman (uncredited)
Fritz Ford
Townsman (uncredited)
Ben Frommer
Cantina Bartender (uncredited)
Helen Gibson
Townswoman (uncredited)
Herman Hack
Townsman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Sam Harris
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward
Henchman (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy
Buck Langhorn
William Henry
Gambler (uncredited)
Lars Hensen
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower
Shotgun
Earle Hodgins
Clute Dumfries (uncredited)
Tex Holden
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers
Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui
Drummer (uncredited)
Jack Kenny
Townsman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw
Party Member at Convention (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr
Townsman (uncredited)
Anna Lee
Mrs. Prescott - Widow in Stage Holdup (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness
Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
Jack Lilley
Townsman (uncredited)
Ted Mapes
Highpockets (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy
Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
Charles McQuary
Statesman (uncredited)
King Mojave
Statehood Council Member (uncredited)
Montie Montana
Cowboy on Pinto Pony (uncredited)
Bob Morgan
Roughrider (uncredited)
Charles Morton
Drummer (uncredited)
Noble "Kid" Chissell
Townsman (uncredited)
Eva Novak
Townswoman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick
Jack - Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Perrin
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Dorothy Phillips
Townswoman (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Stephanie Pond-Smith
Doubtful (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
John Quijada
Townsman (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson
Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt
Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher
Bartender (uncredited)
Scott Seaton
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel
Election Council President (uncredited)
Tom Smith
Barfly (uncredited)
Cap Somers
Barfly (uncredited)
Rudy Sooter
Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
Slim Talbot
Cowboy (uncredited)
Jack Tornek
Townsman (uncredited)
George Tracy
Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie
Townsman (uncredited)
Max Wagner
Townsman (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford
Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Williams
Henchman (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Final film of Stuart Holmes.
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Lee Marvin (Liberty Valance), Strother Martin (Floyd) and Lee Van Cleef (Reese) had previously appeared together in Twilight Zone: The Grave (1961)), which aired 27 Oct 1961.
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Tom Doniphon (John Wayne) refers to Valance as "... the toughest man south of the Picketwire," then adds, "next to me!" The Picketwire is not a wire fence dividing line; it was slang for the Purgatoire River, which flows into the Arkansas.
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Goofs
During the classroom scene, while Ransom Stoddard was talking to the class about statehood, a picture of Abraham Lincoln can be seen on the wall. The movie is set around 1845 (before Texas had achieved statehood), which was well before Abraham Lincoln was known throughout the country. The picture also portrays Abraham Lincoln with a beard, though he hadn't grown one until 1861. The picture of Lincoln is a famous image from 1864.
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When Liberty Valance is beating Mr. Peabody, Floyd (Strother Martin) is yelling several times at Mr. Peabody to "Eat It". However, while his teeth are clinched, he never actually says anything.
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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.
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Quotes
Ransom Stoddard: Marshal, I was wrong the other day. But I was reading up on territorial law, and there it is, right there. Now, I'll draw up the complaint, take care of all the legal details - but you *do* have jurisdiction. Says so right there. So next time he sets foot in this town, you'll arrest him.
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Dutton Peabody: [during voting for the territorial convention] I'll have the usual, Jack.
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Tom Doniphon: [Doniphon has just told Stoddard what really happened the night Liberty Valance was shot] Hallie's your girl now. Go back in there and take that nomination. You taught her how to read and write; now give her something to read and write about!
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Faq
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance can be found here.
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Is this movie a musical?
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Gene Pitney did have a hit recording of a song with the title The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but this film is not a musical. Pitney's song is not even featured in the movie.
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
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