The whole premise of this film is fantastic. This movie shows us what happens when the Legend becomes Fact. So many of the beloved Legends of the Old West (John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday) are just that-- legends, until you find the actual facts behind their lives. Sure, these people did mighty and legendary things. But as the newspaper editor in the movie says, "When the Legend becomes Fact, print the Legend."
This movie is so well directed, photographed, and acted. Jimmy Stewart is brilliant as Ransom Stoddard, the man credited with shooting the outlaw Liberty Valance, played by Lee Marvin. John Wayne as Tom Doniphon, well, was typically himself-- fabulous to watch. Vera Miles lights up the screen with her portrayal of the beautiful Hallie, who falls in love with two different men, the gentle Ransom and the rough and tumble Tom. I cannot find anything wrong with this remarkable film. It is a masterpiece.