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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a dramatic romance western film about a U.S. Senator who arrives in a small western town to attend a funeral of an apparent nobody. The film continues by showing a flashback of what happened and why he is there. Several decades before, the U.S. Senator Ransom "Rance" Stoddard arrived in Shinbone by stagecoach to create a law practice. However, along the way the stagecoach was held up and the future senator was badly beaten and left for dead. Directed by John Ford. Starring James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, and Jeanette Nolan.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was nominated for the Oscar award Best Costume Design, Black-and-White and has been preserved by the National Film Registry. The film is most notable for not giving a setting. The only references are a U.S. flag with 38 stars and a Saguaro cactus. Continue reading for some The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance quotes.


Dutton Peabody: Courage can be purchased at yon' tavern!
Link Appleyard: Mr. Peabody's awful hurt and he needs you bad over at his office.
Liberty Valance: What's the matter, Mr. Marshal? Somebody have an accident?
Doc Willoughby: So that's it, another one of your 'accidents', huh Valance? I'm looking forward to the day when it's you they'll be calling me for.
Liberty Valance: [tossing Doc a silver dollar] Paid in advance.
Ransom Stoddard: I don't want to kill him, I just want to put him in jail!
Tom Doniphon: Ohhh..
Floyd: It's Liberty! He - he's hurt!
[Doc approaches Valance's body]
Floyd: It's Liberty.
Doc Willoughby: Whiskey, quick.
Person on street: Here, sir.
Doc Willoughby: [takes a drink, turns Valances body over with his foot] Dead.
Hallie: One steak for Mr. Peabody, with fixins'.
Nora Ericson: Steak, beans, potatoes...
Peter Ericson: And a deep dish apple pie.
Nora Ericson: Someday he order something different and we all faint dead away.
Doc Willoughby: [very drunk] My advice to you as uh...
Dutton Peabody: Coroner.
Doc Willoughby: and uh your personal phys...
Dutton Peabody: Physician!
Doc Willoughby: is to get your supper and go to bed. No charge.
Dutton Peabody: Give me a drink.
Tom Doniphon: Bar's closed.
Dutton Peabody: Just a beer!
Tom Doniphon: The bar's closed.
Dutton Peabody: A beer's not drinking!
Link Appleyard: Did you know Liberty Valance is in town tonight?
Dutton Peabody: I'd be a poor newspaperman indeed if I didn't know what everybody knows!
Liberty Valance: You got a choice, Dishwasher. Either you get out of town, or tonight you be out on that street alone. You be there, and don't make us come and get you.
Nora Ericson: Poppa - go put your pants on!
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