Awesome / The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

"Hallie's your girl now. Go back in there and take that nomination. You taught her how to read and write; now give her something to read and write about!"
  • When Tom starts drinking at the bar after shooting Liberty, he gets mad at Liberty's mooks trying to paint Liberty as a hero and Ranse as a cold-blooded murderer. He throws one of them out of the bar, and then when the other one (played by none other than Lee Van Cleef) pulls a gun on him, he disarms him and pistol-whips him with his own gun, knocking him out cold.
  • While it was based on a lie,, Ransom went on to do great things as Senator thanks to his reputation as the man who shot Liberty Valance.
  • Real Life example: According to Lee Marvin, a supporting actor called Woody Strode a n***. Before John Wayne could teach him some manners, James Stewart furiously grabbed the man by his shirt and said, "Don't you ever use that word around me again, or I might do something our director will regret because he'll have to replace you with an actor who's not all broken up and and reshoot a helluva lot of expensive scenes".
    • Marvin added, "I liked Jimmy Stewart before the incident, but I liked him a whole lot more".
    • Stewart was a real life badass. His age and status as a film star would have normally gotten him a cushy job during World War II. He campaigned hard to get assigned as a combat pilot and proved himself quite well. He eventually retired as a General in the Air Force Reserves.
  • On a Meta level, the sheer fact that the two leads are John Wayne and James Stewart, giving us two of the greatest movie stars of all time acting together on equal footing.