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Frontier Marshal (1939)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  28 July 1939 (USA)
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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 ...
Jerry
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Ben Carter
Edward Norris ...
Dan Blackmore
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
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Town Marshal
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Pringle
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Pete
Joe Sawyer ...
Curley Bill
Dell Henderson ...
Dave Hall (as Del Henderson)
Harry Hayden ...
Mayor Henderson
Ventura Ybarra ...
Pablo
Charles Stevens ...
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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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I'M THE LAW IN TOMBSTONE!,,,when Wyatt Earp tamed the wickedest town in all 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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1.37 : 1
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Charles Stevens, who plays a drunken Indian, repeats the role in director John Ford's remake, My Darling Clementine (1946). Stevens, who is half Mexican and half Apache, is the grandson of legendary Apache warrior Geronimo. See more »

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Curly Bill Brocius is shown being shot to death by Doc Holliday's girlfriend--here called "Jerry", but whose real name was Mary Horony, aka "Big Nose Kate"--after he escaped from the shootout at the OK Corral. The fact is that Brocius, who was not at the gunfight, was killed by Wyatt Earp in the desert outside of Tombstone several days later. See more »

Quotes

Curley Bill: [as Earp goes toward he saloon for a showdown with Indian Joe] You know who he is?
Ben Carter: No, we'll find out at his inquest.
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Version of My Darling Clementine (1946) See more »

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A Good Movie On Its Own
18 February 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Yes, yes, I know. My Darling Clementine(MDC) is a famous remake of this picture. That one got the John Ford treatment and went into greater depth as far as character development goes. But there's nothing wrong with "Frontier Marshal" and it can stand on its own. First off, since it is an action western it had a better lead actor in stalwart Randolph Scott - Henry Fonda was a more cerebral actor and not really a two-fisted type. Second, I think Caesar Romero played Doc Holliday with more heart than Victor Mature, who was a limited actor.

In MDC, the OK Corral confrontation was better and had more tension but the barroom bimbo was Binnie Barnes, who did a better job than Linda Darnell. Ward Bond was in both pictures and got a promotion in MDC to Earp's brother. And you get a chance to see Eddie Foy Jr. in the earlier movie.

"Frontier Marshal" is only 71" long and therefore not as comprehensive as MDC. In sum, I guess the worst thing that could be said about "Frontier Marshal" is that MDC was made, which in sheer production value diminishes the whole enterprise. If you like westerns, see this one. You will appreciate it better if you haven't seen MDC - which I also feel suffers from one of the lamest titles in Hollywood annals and detracts from the final product. "Frontier Marshal" was on FMC the other morning and I rated it a seven.


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