The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)


man who shot“Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim.” – Tom Doniphon

Number of Times Seen –  1 (28 Aug 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A young lawyer arrives in a town in the US territories and must learn to deal with new friends and enemies

My Take on it – I had never seen this movie before, but had heard nice things about it.

I found it very interesting to see that even in 1962, Director John Ford still preferred to shoot movies in black and white.  Whats even more interesting is that I read that he decided to shoot in black and white in order to help mask the fact that both male leads (John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart who are both excellent here) were both too old to play their parts.

Lee Marvin is also great as the title character.

This is notably the first time that John Wayne used his famous term of endearment “Pilgrim”.

This is a slow moving western, but patience pays off here because the story is done so well.

This was one of John Ford’s last movies, but he still knows how to make great movies!

Bottom Line – Great western. Ford still has it. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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