Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks. Most of the saga is based loosely on fact, with historical badguys... See full summary »
Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks. Most of the saga is based loosely on fact, with historical badguys and good guys, ending up with the famous shootout at the O.K. corral. Written by
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This show, along with Gunsmoke (1955) helped launch a great era of the TV western. Westerns became so popular on TV that by the end of the 1950s, there would be as many as 40 Westerns in prime time. See more »
Okay, here's my gripe. If you're going to make a Western series about a famous American Old-West character with a MUSTACHE, which, by the way, was the lawman's most prominent feature, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE! MAKE THE ACTOR GROW A CRUMMY MUSTACHE! Or, if he refuses, FOR PITY'S SAKE, HAVE MAKE-UP GLUE ONE TO HIS UPPER LIP! I mean, THIS IS Hollywood, for cryin' out loud!
Also, Wyatt Earp WAS NEVER MARSHALL OF TOMBSTONE! I don't know where they got this stuff.
Hugh O'Brien (who was once introduced as "Hug" O'Brien on "The Hollywood Palace" by Raquel Welch. She, of course was playing dumb-ditz that night and it had to be explained by the host - Bing Crosby? - that the "h" made the "g" silent) was a little froo-frooed with the silk vest and all that.
And, what was up with that theme song? Any Western that had a barber-shop quartet sing its theme song deserves no respect! "Wyatt Earp. Wyatt Earp. Brave, courageous and bold. Long live his name and long live his glory," etc. Please! The words were a bit more Ivanhoe-ish than fit for a rootin' tootin' shoot 'em up Western.
All funnin' aside, yeah, as a tyke, I liked this show. It was a good old Western with gun-slingin' and horses.
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