Approved | | Western
Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.
Prior to production, United Artists had made it quite clear to director John Sturges that none of the primary roles were to be filled by the actors who played the same characters in Sturges' previous Wyatt Earp film, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Wanting to distinguish this film from the previous ... ...
Wyatt Earp (Tombstone city marshal:
Ike Clanton, Andy Warshaw, Latigo, Curly Joe Brocious... Who's in the corral, Virg?
Marshal Virgil Earp: Billy Clanton and the McLowerys.
Doc claims to have killed men as a soldier between 1861 and 1865, but John Holliday was only 14 at the end of that time period, making him too young to be in the army. This inaccurate statement may be deliberate within the film, as Holliday often told lies to bolster his image (e.g. that he learned dentistry at Johns Hopkins University) because he wanted to conceal a shameful past.
Opening credits prologue: THIS PICTURE IS BASED ON FACT. THIS IS THE WAY IT HAPPENED.
TOMBSTONE, TERRITORY OF ARIZONA OCTOBER 26, 1881
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