My wife and I watched John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) on our honeymoon. So as our anniversary rolls around, it usually comes to mind. And this seems like a good excuse to highlight yet another Ford masterpiece.
Here’s Wayne’s hat from the film. In black and white, it seems so much lighter.
Lee Marvin’s vest. After his years doing M Squad on TV, Liberty Valance helped Marvin transition from heavy to leading roles as he returned to features.
One of Edith Head’s sketches for Vera Miles’ costumes.
John Ford and his terrific cast break for tea. Judging from who’s present and how they’re dressed, they must’ve been shooting the dinner scene where Marvin makes Stewart drop Wayne’s steak — and Strother Martin gets kicked in the face.
Jimmy Stewart punches John Wayne — with Ford and crew very very close.
Jennifer and I often celebrate our anniversary by going out for steaks. Makes sense, doesn’t it?