Music: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney
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.
(Above) That's Lee at the bottom ... I guess
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.
"Well, if people didn't try something new,
there wouldn't be hardly any progress at all."
- Jane Fonda / Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou - Ballad of Kid Shelleen
MFW: You're right Marilyn ... nobody knew he had it in him.
Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) demonstrates his gun hand ....
The whole dang gang:
Dwayne Hickman, Michael Callan, Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Tom Nardini
"He did it! He missed the barn!"
MFW: And now for something COMPLETELY different: a movie so unique that it almost defies category: One the strangest ... Westerns? ... definitely a comedy ... ever made. Unique .. funny ... star studded ... award winning ... and it made lottsa money.
He may have missed the barn, but he still made a bulls-eye.
More ... on the way ...