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Frontier Marshal (1939)

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Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (e.g., Doc is killed by Curley before the actual battle and Earp must do the job alone).



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Allen
Binnie Barnes ...
Ben Carter
Edward Norris ...
Dan Blackmore
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Town Marshal
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Curley Bill
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Early low budget version of the famous Gunfight at OK Corral with Scott as Wyatt Earp and Romero as Doc Holiday. Remade by John Ford as "My Darling Clementine" in 1946 and by John Sturges as "Gunfight at OK Corral" in 1957 Written by <>

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THE FLAMING SAGA OF TOMBSTONE! (Hades of the West) (original poster) See more »


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28 July 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Although in "Fronyier Marshal" Wyatt and doc are shown defending the stage from Curly bill's outlaws, in reality they were themselves accused of having held it up. See more »


The famous gunfight at the OK Corral is shown as being between Wyatt Earp on one side and Curly Bill Brocius and several of his gunmen on the other side, in which everyone on Brocius' side was killed. The fact is that Earp was not alone, being accompanied by his brothers Morgan and Virgil and his friend Doc Holliday; Curly Bill Brocius was not at the gunfight; Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne, two of the Earp factions' opponents, ran when the shooting started and survived the fight. See more »


Eddie Foy: [Somewhat dazed as he exits stage after returning to Tombstone after stage robbery] Ah, so this is Tombstone.
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Version of My Darling Clementine (1946) See more »


Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
(1909) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by A. Baldwin Sloane
Performed by Binnie Barnes and chorus girls, and
Joined by Hank Mann at the end of the song
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The Luckiest Of Western Heroes
21 December 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

That would describe Wyatt Earp. Lucky because I can't think of anyone else who's had more stalwart Hollywood heroes playing him in film. Off the top of my head Tom Mix, George O'Brien, Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, James Garner, James Stewart, Joel McCrea right down to Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner. We certainly can't forget Hugh O'Brian on television. And also Wyatt was lucky in that he lived long enough so that no one was around to refute him when he gave a series of interviews to Stuart Lake for an authorized biography shortly before he died in 1929.

As this film is based on Lake's book you won't get anything else but the Wyatt of legend. Certainly Randolph Scott fulfills the legend and that's what we print according to John Ford.

This film isn't too often seen because whole parts of it were taken and used by John Ford in My Darling Clementine. Frontier Marshal should be seen back to back to graphically illustrate the difference between a good routine action western and an almost poetical film expression.

Parts that were played by Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, and Linda Darnell in My Darling Clementine are taken here by Cesar Romero, Nancy Kelly, and Binnie Barnes. It might seem odd that British Binnie Barnes would show up in a western as a saloon girl, but that's no more strange than Marlene Dietrich doing the same that year and being very accepted.

Eddie Foy, Jr. is in the cast playing his celebrated father who was entertaining in Tombstone at the time the Earps were providing law and order.

The Clantons believe it or not are completely eliminated from the story. The chief villain is real life Clanton retainer Curly Bill Brocius played here by Joe Sawyer. Eliminated also are Wyatt's brothers and as you can imagine the final shootout at the OK Corral is staged differently than in any other telling of the tale.

Probably Randolph Scott's Wyatt Earp would be a lot better known had he the benefit of John Ford's direction.

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