John Wayne: Western Collection
Collection of three John Wayne films. In 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (1962), big-city lawyer Ransom (James Stewart) heads into the Wild West outpost of Shinbone to bring local outlaw Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin) to justice. En route, he is met by a posse led by Valance, who beat him within an inch of his life. Passing cowboy Tom Doniphon (Wayne) rescues Ransom, gets him set up in Shinbone, and supports his efforts to be elected sheriff. Meanwhile, he also attempts to teach his clumsy protege the fundamentals of gunslinging, so that Valance may at last be brought to book. In 'Sons of Katie Elder' (1965), four sons are re-united when they return home to Clearwater to bury their mother, Katie Elder. John Elder (Wayne) is the oldest brother, a gunslinger. Tom (Dean Martin) is next, a card sharp who shares his sibling's ability with a gun only when his back is to the wall. Matt (Earl Holliman) is the moody one, while the youngest is Bud (Michael Anderson Jr), upon whom the family's hopes of respectability rest. In 'The Shootist' (1976), ageing gunfighter John Bernard Brooks (Wayne, in his last role) rides into Carson City in 1901. His old friend Dr Hostleter (Stewart) confirms that he is dying of cancer, and Brooks takes refuge in a boarding house, fending off people who either want to kill him or write his life story.