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
Ben Carter
Edward Norris ...
Dan Blackmore
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Town Marshal
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Curley Bill
Dell Henderson ...
Dave Hall (as Del Henderson)
Harry Hayden ...
Mayor Henderson
Ventura Ybarra ...
Charles Stevens ...


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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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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Release Date:

28 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle des frontières  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Wyatt Earp is shown killing at least four men by himself during the OK Corral gunfight; the fact is that only three people, Billy Clanton and brothers Frank and Tom McLaury,were killed in the fight, and at least one of them was killed by Doc Holliday. See more »


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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Version of Tombstone (1993) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
Sung by Margaret Brayton a cappella
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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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