Tag Archives: Lee Marvin

The Professionals … 1966

18 Jun

“Maybe there’s only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?”
– Burt Lancaster / The Professionals 

The Professionals … 

Truly.

Lee Marvin moves into full blown stardom – becoming a legitimate box office titan – in one of the greatest Westerns ever made (My Favorite) starring along side Western Film Greats Burt Lancaster, Jack Palance, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Claudia Cardinale, Ralph Belamy … What a cast!

Following Cat Ballou (Oscar) this is one of 4 Westerns remaining in Marvin’s Western filmography: Monte Walsh / 1970 (with Jack Palance); Paint Your Wagon / 1969 (with Clint Eastwood); Emperor of the North / 1973 (with Charles Bronson).

A true Western Star.

The Professionals posters

The Professionals posters

Liberty Valance / Goodguys and Badguys …

18 Jun

Liberty Valance / Goodguys and Badguys ….

Liberty Valance / Goodguys and Badguys …

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - John Wayne

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – John Wayne

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Showdown

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Showdown

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Showdown 2

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Showdown

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Showdown 4

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Showdown

Liberty Valance / Goodguys and Badguys …

16 Jun

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - John Wayne

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – John Wayne

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Showdown

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Showdown

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Showdown 2

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Showdown

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Showdown 4

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Showdown

Liberty Valance / Marvin – “Right between the eyes”

14 Jun

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Next one ... is Right Between the Eyes

“The next one … is right between the eyes.”

Trailer

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Reviews

It’s often interesting to read reviews from when the time the film was originally released – and see how they bear up as to how the film is presently regarded.
Several movies that are now regarded as Classics were savagely ripped by reviewers of the day. But time often tells a different story. However …

Wikipedia tells us (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Shot_Liberty_Valance)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was an instant hit when released in April 1962, thanks to its classic story and popular stars John Wayne and James Stewart. Produced on a budget of $3.2 million, the film grossed $8,000,000 at the box office, making it the 16th highest grossing film of 1962. Edith Head‘s costumes for the film were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, one of the few westerns to ever be nominated for the award. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has continued its popularity through repeated television broadcasts and the rental market. It is also widely considered to be one of director John Ford‘s best westerns and generally ranks alongside Red RiverThe SearchersThe Big Trail, and Stagecoach as one of John Wayne‘s best films.”

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Rotten Tomatoes Review

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Rotten Tomatoes Review

The Critics liked – and the People liked it.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - IMDB Review

A Classic

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Andy Devine and Woody Strode

Andy Devine and Woody Strode

Below: A nice video presentation with a nice rendition of song The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance written by songsters Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis.
Warning: possible huge spoilers … if you’ve never seen the movie.

Marvin’s Icon … The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

12 Jun

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?

Lee

Lee

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

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE - John Wayne 3

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE – John Wayne

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

Marvin Filmography cont’d … Cat Ballou / 1966 / Part 3 …

20 May

No plain Jane 

“Well, if people didn’t try something new,
there wouldn’t be hardly any progress at all.”

–  Jane Fonda / Cat Ballou

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA 3

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU – JANE FONDA

CAT BALLOU - Jane and Lee

CAT BALLOU – Jane and Lee

CAT BALLOU Lee and Jane

CAT BALLOU Lee and Jane

CAT BALLOU - Jane and Lee

CAT BALLOU – Jane and Lee

Jane Fonda - Best Actress - Coming Home 1978

Jane Fonda – Best Actress – ‘Coming Home’ 1978

CAT BALLOU - The End

CAT BALLOU – The End

Marvin Filmography cont’d … Cat Ballou / 1966 / Part 2 …

17 May

Cat Ballou – Ballad of Kid Shelleen

Jane Who ?

MFW: You’re right Marilyn … nobody knew he had it in him. 

Cat Ballou - Rotten Tomatoes

Cat Ballou – Rotten Tomatoes Review

 Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) demonstrates his gun hand ….  

Cat Ballou - Lee Marvin - Kid Shelleen 2

Don’t do this at home folks …

Cat Ballou - Lee Marvin - Kid Shelleen 4

Kid Shelleen … shooting everything in the vicinity …

Cat Ballou - Lee Marvin - Kid Shelleen

Kid Shelleen … ready for action

Cat Ballou - Lee Marvin - Kid Shelleen

Kid Shelleen – Yee Haw !!

Time for nap ...

Time for nap …

Cat Ballou - Nat 'King' Cole and Stuby Kaye

Cat Ballou – Nat ‘King’ Cole and Stubby Kaye

CAT BALLOU the whole gang ...

The whole dang gang:
Dwayne Hickman, Michael Callan, Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Tom Nardini

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