Synopsis: CAT BALLOU, 1965, Sony Repertory, 97 min. Dir. Elliot Silverstein. Jane Fonda plays the title role in this comedic Western hit. Schoolteacher Catherine Ballou must resort to desperate measures when her father and his Wyoming ranch are targeted by the Wolf City Development Corporation, but the man she hires as a gunfighter turns out to be a drunk. For his dual role as inebriated Kid Shelleen and his assassin brother, Lee Marvin won a Best Actor Oscar. With Nat King Cole.
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, 1962, Paramount, 119 min. James Stewart and John Wayne represent opposing but equally necessary forces in John Ford’s great, late Western: Stewart is an unassuming lawyer who rises to political prominence as he civilizes the West, while Wayne is the man of violent action rendered obsolete by the passage of time.