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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance(1962)

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  • Liberty Valance plays the Dead Man's Hand before going out to duel Ransom Stoddard.
  • Many people take Gene Pitney's recording of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" to be the theme song from the movie but, as Gene himself reports: "The song `Liberty Valance' was written for the movie but for some strange reason never was put in the sound track. Because of the prior success with `Town Without Pity,' I was paid a bundle to record the song, and Burt Bacharach produced it. He wrote the song with Hal David. There was some screw-up between the publishing company Famous Music, and the parent company, Paramount Pictures, as to why it never was in the actual film[...] The most bizarre part of the story I found out a few years ago. The actual music used in the film was from a 1938 Henry Fonda film called Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). Go figure that out!"
  • At the beginning of the movie, in the scene in which Vera Miles comes near 'Wayne, John' 's burned house, the music from 'Ford, John' 's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) is played.
  • Prior to the shootout between Liberty and Rance, Liberty wins a hand of poker with Aces and Eights - the "dead man's hand".

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