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15 Jan

Valance is a total psycho who carries not only guns but a cat-o’-nine-tails whip, with which he assaults anyone who particularly pisses him off — and Stoddard, with his lawbooks, his father’s watch, his and change and his determination to bring “law and order” to the West, is instantly #1 on Valance’s hit list.

Valance not only steals everything Stoddard has — at one point opening one of the lawbooks and contemptuously ripping out a chunk of pages from it — he whips him within an inch of his life, and only the timely arrival of Tom Doniphon saves him.

This is the only time in the movie that Ranse hits anyone.

The screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck was adapted from a short story written by Dorothy M. The supporting cast features Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Woody Strode, Strother Martin, and Lee Van Cleef.

In 2007, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Senator Ranse Stoddard and his wife Hallie arrive in Shinbone, a frontier town in an unnamed western state, to attend the funeral of Tom Doniphon.

Tom is one of the most respected men in Shinbone because of his prowess with a gun and because he is the only one who can, and will, stand up to Liberty and make him back down.

The two become rivals for Hallie's affections, but each earns the other's grudging respect.