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"Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” at BYU archive film series Jan. 25

The Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive Film Series, part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, will show the 1962 Western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” starring James Stewart and John Wayne Friday, Jan. 25, in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium on level one.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will be shown at 7 p.m. The movie runs for two hours and three minutes. The event is free and open to the public. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.

Director John Ford adapted Dorothy Johnson’s best-selling story of lawyer Ransom Stoddard, played by James Stewart, who tries to bring law and order to the frontier town of Shinbone. But by doing so he goes on to incur the ire of local outlaw Liberty Valance who challenges the bookish lawyer to a shootout. Gunman Tom Doniphan, played by John Wayne, repeatedly defends Stoddard, and Valance meets his end in an epic gunfight.

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” also features Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Andy Devine, Woody Strode and Edmond O’Brien. BYU is the home of the James Stewart Papers that the actor donated to the  L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 1983.

 For more information, contact James D’Arc, (801) 422-6371, james_darc@byu.edu.

Writer: Preston Wittwer

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