Behind the camera John Ford, a director whose name is synonymous with Westerns . Gathered in front of it An ideal cast - James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance rides into town as a classic entry in Paramount s long line of action-packed Westerns. Director Ford brings us to the lawless frontier village of Shinbone, a town plagued by a larger than life nemesis, Liberty Vallance (Marvin). Stewart plays the bungling but charming big city lawyer determined to rid Shinbone of Valance and he finds that he has an unlikely ally in the form of a rugged local rancher (Wayne). The two men also share the same love interest (Miles). But when the final showdown becomes inevitable, one of the two will attempt to get the gunman and the other one will wind up getting the gal.