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View Poll Results: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance v. Hang ’Em High
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 75 63.03%
Hang ’Em High 44 36.97%
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Greatest Westerns Round 1: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance v. Hang ’Em High

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Senator Ranse Stoddard returns to the city of Shinbone in the Wild West, to go to the funeral of his friend, Tom Doniphon. To a journalist, who's wondering what the senator is doing in Shinbone, he tells how his career started as "the man who shot Liberty Valance". As a lawyer he came to Shinbone to bring law and order to the west by means of law books. When the stagecoach is held up by outlaws, he is savagely beaten by Liberty Valance. He survives the attack and is nursed by his future wife, Hallie. Hallie is being wooed by a local rancher, Tom Doniphon. Ranse teaches the people of Shinbone to read and write, all the while trying to find a way of bringing Valance to justice. He finally takes up a gun and faces Valance in a menacing shootout...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056217/


Hang ’Em High (1968)

A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper and, incorrectly believing him guilty of cattle rustling and murder, hang him and leave him for dead. But he doesn't die. He returns to his former profession of lawman to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061747/
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Stewart was awesome in Liberty Valance (as well as Wayne & Marvin).

But Eastwood movies are my favorite Westerns. And the revenge theme doesn't get any better than Hang 'Em High!
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I never liked Hang 'Em High.
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I doubt Liberty Valance will take the tourney, but its my top pick!
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Stewart was awesome in Liberty Valance (as well as Wayne & Marvin).

Jimmy was always awesome. Well...usually! One of the films that you can see the difference in style between JohnW and JamesS.

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Hangem High, but I was sad to see the Skipper as part of the necktie party.
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Tough call...Liberty Valance by a neck's length...
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Hang 'Em High is a good movie, but Liberty Vallance is a classic. Again how close this vote is amazes me.

This was John Ford's last great film, the lighting and black and white cinematography are simply stunning. There are remarkable acting performances at every turn. Wayne, Stewart, Miles, Marvin, Van Cleef, Martin, Devine, O'Brien, and Strode deftly compliment each other. Plus the great plot twist of a political career being based on a lie.

Simply a great film.
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Hang 'Em High is a good movie, but Liberty Vallance is a classic. Again how close this vote is amazes me.

This was John Ford's last great film, the lighting and black and white cinematography are simply stunning. There are remarkable acting performances at every turn. Wayne, Stewart, Miles, Marvin, Van Cleef, Martin, Devine, O'Brien, and Strode deftly compliment each other. Plus the great plot twist of a political career being based on a lie.

Simply a great film.
I was shocked too, though not as pragmatic in my assessment.
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Hang 'Em High is a good movie, but Liberty Vallance is a classic. Again how close this vote is amazes me.

This was John Ford's last great film, the lighting and black and white cinematography are simply stunning. There are remarkable acting performances at every turn. Wayne, Stewart, Miles, Marvin, Van Cleef, Martin, Devine, O'Brien, and Strode deftly compliment each other. Plus the great plot twist of a political career being based on a lie.

Simply a great film.
Who played the newpaper editor?

I thought he was the highlight of the cast...No mean feat considering the cast...
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I thought he was the highlight of the cast...No mean feat considering the cast...
none other than former Oscar winner Edmond O'Brien
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Tight race so far. I went with LV though as it is a favorite of mine.
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C'mon now! How can anyone vote against this?!?

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C'mon now! How can anyone vote against this?!?

Actually not that bad. Has anyone heard James Taylor's version of the "Theme from The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance"? Personally I think it's far better than the original.
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