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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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Sarah Allen
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Binnie Barnes ...
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Ben Carter
Edward Norris ...
Dan Blackmore
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Town Marshal
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Pringle
Chris-Pin Martin ...
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Joe Sawyer ...
Curley Bill
Dell Henderson ...
Dave Hall (as Del Henderson)
Harry Hayden ...
Mayor Henderson
Ventura Ybarra ...
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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 <jbsports@li.net>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle des frontières  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although most people assume that "My Darling Clementine is based on the 1931 Stuart N. Lake novel also, but the writer did an updated version in 1946, and it's on the second version that John Ford based his remake, not the 1931 version. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John 'Doc' Halliday: I don't wanna hear anymore, Yes, I'm a killer! What of it? Life's nothing! My life... anybody's life! What's the difference to a lot of rats caught in a trap? Whatthey do? How they act? Sarah, you've got to go!
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Soundtracks

I've Taken a Fancy to You
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Performed by Binnie Barnes and chorus girls
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fast moving Wyatt Earp/Doc Holliday story
27 October 2011 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

For seventy-one minutes the film manages to fit in the deteriorating security situation in Tombstone as the camera flashes to the street for all the shootouts and horseplay. Compared to My Darling Clementine, this one is more easy going. Cesar Romero captures best acting over Vic Mature in the role of Doc Holliday, IMHO if only because Mature's part seemed overwrought, and the part of Holliday seems to fit Romero in a decisively more real way. Even still, the script in Frontier Marshal still caricatures Holliday as overly emotional, especially in the scenes in the saloon where he's purposely drinking himself to death because ex-flame Nancy Kelly comes in on the stage. Still, Romero was a great actor, and his scenes with Randolph Scott as Earp are a nice mix of two actors who had real naturalness. The B&W photography (Charles Clarke) stands out throughout and all the scenes in this movie are well assembled. It is over before you know it.


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