The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)

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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 »

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Complete series cast summary:
 Wyatt Earp (227 episodes, 1955-1961)
Jimmy Noel ...
 Townsman / ... (144 episodes, 1955-1960)
Ethan Laidlaw ...
 Townsman / ... (135 episodes, 1955-1961)
Bill Coontz ...
 Townsman / ... (99 episodes, 1955-1961)


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 Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

6 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wyatt Earp  »

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(227 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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From 1956 until 1959 the show was set in Dodge City, which was also the setting for Gunsmoke (1955). Marshall Matt Dillon is never mentioned, but many episodes take place in or around or make a passing reference to the Longbranch Saloon, a setting for much of the action on "Gunsmoke". See more »


Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968) See more »


The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Ken Darby
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14 November 2003 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

For my wife when she was a girl, Hugh O'Brien was Wyatt Earp. A cleaner better hero would be hard to find. When he finally killed someone, Wyatt was devastated and the star portrayed it beautifully. Oddly, there is some evidence this was historically accurate. No semi-professional gambling, no failed businesses, no "wives" and yet the staging of the famous Tombstone street fight was, garb apart, among the least inaccurate. Based on Stewart Lake's imaginative biography this series did for the 1950s what Lake's book did for the 1930s: cemented the Legend of Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp for as long as anyone remembers the Old West. Recently (2009) I watched the episodes contained in a boxed set of DVDs and was frankly astonished at Hugh O'Brien's portrayal of Wyatt Earp. There was an edge, a darkness to his Earp that I missed when I was young. O'Brien certainly captures the nobility that Lake's book placed to the fore but the actor also captured very subtly the coldness, the reserve, the calculating quality of the real Earp. I now, half a century after first watching "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp", have belatedly realized what a fine actor Hugh O'Brien was. Thank you, Mr O'Brien!

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