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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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Edward Norris ...
Dan Blackmore
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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
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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)  »

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L'aigle des frontières  »

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1.37 : 1
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Ward Bond, who plays the marshal that Earp replaces, would go on to play Deputy Marshal Morgan Earp in the 1946 remake, "My Darling Clementine." Earlier he had played a bad guy in the 1934 version of "Frontier Marshal" starring George O'Brien. See more »

Goofs

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

Sarah Allen: John...
John 'Doc' Halliday: Yes, Sarah?
Sarah Allen: Isn't it more thrilling to give life than take it away?
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Referenced in Wiseguy: No One Gets Out of Here Alive (1987) See more »

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Turkey in the Straw
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Traditional
Early 19th Century American minstrel folk song
[Played in saloon when Lon Chaney Jr. is being made to dance by Cesar Romero]
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The raw material for My Darling Clementine.
9 April 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

There is no way but to compare Frontier Marshal with My Darling Clementine. Charles Stevens plays the same part of the drunken Indian in both films. The story in both films comes from Sam Hellman and Stuart N. Lake. I liked Cesar Romero as Doc Holliday more than Victor Mature. Eddie Foyt Jr playing his father adds to the film more than the Shakespeare of Clementine. As for the women, Nancy Kelly and Binnie Barnes seemed better than Cathy Downs and Linda Darnell in Clementine. Randolph Scott has one of his best performances as Wyatt Earp. John Ford and Henry Fonda had greatness in them, it is impossible for Scott and director Allan Dwan to compete with that, but they made quite a good western very enjoyable even nowadays. In his version Ford added a touch of poetry, also he was more technical in the sequence of the gunfight. Frontier Marshal is a must for all those who think they have already seen everything about Wyatt Earp and the O.K.Corral.


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