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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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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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Release Date:

28 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'aigle des frontières  »

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Aspect Ratio:

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There is no proof that the Buntline Special with the shortened barrel, which Doc shows to Wyatt, ever existed. See more »


The film is set in the period from 1877 to 1880, but three of the songs sung were published in the late 1880s. See more »


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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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »


Turkey in the Straw
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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My Darling Clementine Was a Remake of This Movie
6 January 2004 | by (SF Bay Area) – See all my reviews

This was the movie which John Ford remade as his classic My Darling Clementine. Here, Randolph Scott plays Wyatt Earp and Caesar Romero plays Doc Holiday, but there are no Clantons or Earp brothers. Instead, John Carradine plays a bad saloon owner heading a gang that is trying to take over Tombstone.

Of course, this movie can't directly compare to My Darling Clementine, but it's a pretty good western in its own right. Its one of Randolph Scott's better early roles.

Many of the classic scenes in My Darling Clementine were taken directly from this movie, and it's very interesting to compare the two. This version of Frontier Marshal was a remake of an earlier 1933 version, and, of course, this story has been told many times since.

The Maltin Guide gives it three stars. Check it out if you're a western fan, or just a fan of My Darling Clementine.

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