The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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    • Re: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

      I just got through watching this film and here are a few random thoughts.

      The story is good, but the leads are really a bit too old for their parts. I had trouble believing that the Duke was a young rancher although he did great in his part.

      Also the format and texture of this film struck as if it was once intended for the stage as the musical score is very sparse and it's lacking that splashy Ford signature.

      I did have a blast spotting all the familiar faces... Jack Pennick was a nice surprise. Woody Strode was excellent in his role and he brought a quite dignity to his role that played well off of Duke.

      Once again, I felt that Duke should have beat the hell out of Valance and just when Valance looks like he's getting the upper hand Ranse could have shot him. But that's just me.

      Over all this is a great collaboration between Pappy and Duke... all it was missing was Ward Bond.
    • Re: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

      I see some members in recent posts and threads(not just this one) are wondering about the theme music which plays several times in TMWSLV. Well pilgrims that music is an old time piece dating back to the civil war and quite possibly further yet.
      The piece is titled "The Dew Is On The Blossom" !!!!!

      Don't Believe In Surrenders!!!!!
    • Re: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

      This is a great movie with John Wayne playing arguably his most tragic character. Its clear from the outset of the film that Doniphan is not the traditional hero but someone who has little interest in maintaining law and order and who is more interested in their own personal affairs.

      The black and white cinematography adds the necessary soberness and moodiness to the film and the film boasts many classic scenes not least the flashback within the flashback.

      Overall I believe this movie is as close to perfection as a movie can get although its just not quite as good as the Searchers.
    • Re: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

      Just finished watching this movie on TCM and I was wondering if I was the only one who thinks this.

      In the flashback sequence when Tom is telling Ransom that he didn't kill Valance, it looked like Ransom got off his shot before Tom did. I haven't put this in slo-mo yet, but I was wondering if anyone else noticed this or if I might have missed this topic in another thread.
      Stay thirsty my friends.

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