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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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Original title
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Running time
119 min.
United States United States
James Warner Bellah, Willis Goldbeck (Story: Dorothy M. Johnson)
Cyril Mockridge (AKA Cyril J. Mockridge)
William H. Clothier (B&W)
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Paramount Pictures
Western | Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
Congressman Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) returns with his wife Hallie (Vera Miles) to the tiny town of Shinbone to bury an old friend, Tom Doniphon (John Wayne), and tells reporters the truth about how he came to be known as 'the man who shot Liberty Valance.' Many years before, as a dishwasher and aspiring lawyer, Ransom had encouraged Shinbone to stand up against the highwayman Valance (Lee Marvin), a thug who also enforced the will of cattle interests trying to block statehood for the territory. Ransom also attracted the affection of Hallie Ericson, much to the ire of local stalwart Tom Doniphon, whose jealous rage was more dangerous to Ransom than the wrath of Valance and his scum henchmen. But things turned out in rather an ironic way...
1962: Nominated for Oscar: Best Costume Design (B&W)
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