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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford and Willis Goldbeck.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2007.

Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

By Beatrice on Sep 16, 2017 From Flickers in Time

The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceDirected by John Ford Written by James Warner Beliah and Willis Goldbeck from a story by Dorothy M. Johnson 1962/USA Paramount Pictures/John Ford Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die John Ford delivers another cla... Read full article


Classic Movie Quotes: 'Print the Legend' from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 8, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the story behind the "print the legend" quote from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). This article is part of The Second Annual Classic Quotes Blogathon hosted by The Flapper Dame. The quote "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend" from director John Ford... Read full article


THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE ( 1962 )

By Theresa Brown on Oct 2, 2016 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

?Sir, I don?t want to intrude. But a United States Senator is news. I?m the editor of a newspaper with a state~wide circulation. I?ve got a responsibility to know why you came all the way down here to bury a man. You can?t just say ?his name was Tom Doniphon,? and leave it at that. Who was Tom Donip... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

By Amanda Garrett on Sep 26, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), starring John Wayne and James Stewart, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). This year's b... Read full article


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart

By Greg Orypeck on Feb 26, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This!?I know those law books mean a lot to you, but not out here.??Out here a man settles his own problems.??Tom Doniphon (John Wayne) to Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance?is a milestone film in a number of ways.??Although receiving poor reviews and a disappointi... Read full article


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Dutton Peabody: Give me a drink.
Tom Doniphon: Bar's closed.
Dutton Peabody: Just a beer!
Tom Doniphon: The bar's closed.
Dutton Peabody: A beer's not drinking!


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!


Dutton Peabody: As for you, Old Man: go West and grow young with the country!


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Facts about

Several reasons have been put forward for the film being in black and white. John Ford once claimed it added to the tension, however others involved with production said Paramount was cutting costs and so they had to make the movie on sound stages at the studio. Without the budget restraints, Ford would have been in Monument Valley using Technicolor stock. It has also been suggested that since both John Wayne and James Stewart were playing characters thirty years younger than they actually were (Wayne was 54 when the movie was filmed in the autumn of 1961 and Stewart was 53), the movie needed to be in black and white because they would never have got away with it in color. The age difference was particularly noticeable in Stewart's case, since he was playing a young lawyer who had only just graduated from law school and had moved West without even practicing law back East.
During the territorial convention, three of the actors (John Wayne, Andy Devine and John Carradine) had performed together previously in Stagecoach under the helm of the same director John Ford.
At the time of release, this was dismissed as a lesser work from a once-great director and was stuck on the bottom half of double-bills.
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