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Frontier Marshal (1939)

Approved | | Western | 28 July 1939 (USA)
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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Jerry
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Edward Norris ...
Dan Blackmore
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Pringle
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Pete
Joe Sawyer ...
Curley Bill
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Dave Hall (as Del Henderson)
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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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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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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Walter Baldwin, John Bleifer, Eddie Dunn (Card Player), Edward LeSaint, Tom London, Kathryn Sheldon (Mrs. Garvey) and Harry Strang. Because of period makeup, some of these actors may not have been cut, but were not recognized. 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

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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Down Went McGinty
(1889) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Joseph Flynn
Performed by Eddie Foy Jr. at the Palace of Pleasure
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Modest Telling of a Familiar Story
3 March 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Early version of the Earp-Holliday, OK Corral legend.

Thanks to big-budget TCF, this is a well-produced, mid-level Western. Those barroom scenes along with the crowded streets are high energy and appropriate to a boomtown, which Tombstone was. Dwan directs these scenes with flair. Can't say the same for the final shootout that is poorly staged and fleetingly done as if the production had to hurry up to meet schedule. Ford's 1946 remake My Darling Clementine greatly improves on that final showdown with the kind of close-ups and structured tension that're needed.

Scott and Romero cut formidable figures as the legendary heroes. The screenplay suffers, however, by failing to spotlight an equally formidable villain to challenge them, spreading the villainy instead across several minor players. Too bad the impressive Carradine is largely wasted in an incidental role. On the other hand, Kelly is very pretty as the good girl, while Barnes shines as the good-time girl. I like the way their rivalry evolves over time.

I can see why the estimable John Ford saw so much potential in the characters and story. There's a lot of color in the array of personalities and rivalries, including the show biz Eddie Foy Jr., an entertaining contrast to the frontier types. Of course, Ford's version is clearly superior. Still, this 1939 entry remains a respectable little Western with its own modest merits.


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