Quotation by Willis Goldbeck

Ransom Stoddard: I don't wanna gun. I don't wanna gun. I don't wanna kill 'em. I wanna put 'em in jail.
Tom Donophon: Well, I know those law books mean a lot to you. But not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems.
Ransom Stoddard: No. Do, do you know what you're saying to me? D'you know? You're saying exactly what Liberty Valance said. What kind of community have I come to. You all seem to know about this fellow Liberty Valance. He's a no-good, gun-packing murdering thief. But the only advice you can give to me is to carry a gun. Well, I'm a lawyer. Ransom Stoddard, attorney at law. And the law is the only, the only.... [he collapses]
Willis Goldbeck (1900–1979), U.S. screenwriter, James Warner Bellah, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart), Tom Donophon (John Wayne), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, after a beating from notorious bandit Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), Ransom Stoddard rails against the western practice of settling every score with a gun (1962).

Based on a story by Dorothy M. Johnson.
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