My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Music: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Gene Pitney

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Directed by John Ford

The Posters

Between The Comancheros  and Cat Ballou (Oscar), Lee continued his meteoric climb to the Hollywood heights with perhaps his most famous role as Liberty Valence in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Many will agree that Lees viscous performance easily upstages Hollywood greats John Wayne and James Stewart – and perhaps establishing an iconic benchmark for Western villainy. YET, on the official poster (below) we still see Marvin billed a distant 4th behind Stewart (billed first over Wayne?), Wayne, and Vera Miles – with no notable image of Marvin – even though his character (Valance) is in the movies title !!! I’ll never figure out Hollywood marketing.
Look for another furure Western Badguy superstar (yet to emerge) Lee (Van Cleef) as one of Marvin’s henchmen.

Liberty Valence poster

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Valance – Official Poster

Liberty Valence poster 2

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

(Above) That’s Lee at the bottom … I guess

Liberty Valence poster 3

The stage to Hollywood?



Marvin - making a point

Making a point …

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Where's my breakfast?

Making a stronger point

Marvin - Demanding a recount

I demand a recount

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Bad ... I tell ya.

Bad I tell ya.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Breakfast at Badguys

Badguys at Breakfast – Van Cleef, Strother Martin, Marvin



Love him or hate him, you’d really have to search for a long time to find a lousy picture of John Wayne. This guy was charisma personified.

James Stewart

James Stewart

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Woody Strode and Wayne

Woody Strode and Wayne

3 Western Icons

Three great Western Film icons- Stewart, Ford, Wayne

Wayne and Vera Miles

Wayne and Vera Miles

4 thoughts on “Marvin’s Icon … The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

  1. Teepee12 says:

    This is one of our (mutual) favorites. Garry says originally Stewart got top billing because he has the bigger role, more lines in the movie. But after the PR guys did their analysis, it appeared the audience wasn’t buying Stewart above Wayne, so after that first PR release, they were on the same line. It’s all contractual agreements about who gets what billing … and of course the bottom line — who’s selling at the box office.

    1. jcalberta says:

      I see. Thank you.
      It’s always interesting to watch how some of the posters change over the years (for the same movie) as some actors become more popular – and others maybe less.

  2. Rick says:

    This movie has more layers of meaning than any western I can think of.

    1. jcalberta says:

      You know RIck, I haven’t seen this now for a while. They don’t show it that much on TV. ?? So I better pull it out and have another look. At least they haven’t colorized it.

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