In writing on the politics of Hollywood westerns, John Marini once wrote, “The western, then, could look critically at the supposed virtues of progress and the forces—perhaps more virtuous—opposed to it. It did not take the superiority of civilization—or the future—for granted. The law, and civilization, too, had to justify themselves, in an almost philosophic way.”
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Fox News Contributor Joey Jones joins host Ben Domenech to discuss the 1962 western film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”
Federalist Senior Contributor Inez Stepman ranked “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” as the number one western film of all time.
“No paragraph can fairly summarize the strengths of ‘Liberty Valance,’ and why it endures as not just the greatest Western, but as one of the greatest films ever made. The fictional town of Shinbone is governed by two men, one evil and unrestrained (Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance), and one who brings order at the point of his own gun, Tom Doniphon (John Wayne),” Stepman wrote.
Domenech and Jones go into great depth on the classic western film in this full episode of The Federalist Radio Hour.