The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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James Stewart plays a frontier lawyer who gains a legendary reputation after gunning down a fearsome outlaw. That John Wayne only got second billing was a measure of Stewart's standing with both audiences and director John Ford, but it was destined to be a classic no matter where their names appeared in the credits. As for Lee Marvin and Lee Van Cleef, well, bad guys don't come badder. To cap it off, it's also the film in which the famous phrase 'When the legend becomes fact, print the legend' was heard for the first time.