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

TV Series  -   -  Western
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 272 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 754 titles
created 29 Sep 2011
 
a list of 10 titles
created 11 Feb 2012
 
a list of 78 titles
created 15 Sep 2012
 
a list of 50 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

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

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1961   1960   1959   1958   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
Cheyenne (1955–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After the Civil war adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks
Maverick (1957–1962)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore
Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule
Lawman (1958–1962)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Lawman is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming and his deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon ... See full summary »

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle
Bronco (1958–1962)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A former confederate solider wonders the old west and meets such famous characters as Jesse James Bufulo Bill Cody and Thedore Rosevelt.

Stars: Ty Hardin, Robert Colbert, Morris Ankrum
Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Agent Jim Hardie shifts over its history from being mostly an agent helping Wells Fargo cope with badguys to being the owner of a ranch near San Francisco who still does some agent work.

Stars: Dale Robertson, William Demarest, Kit Carson
Western | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set in the Louisiana Territory around 1830, wealthy planter Jim Bowie encounters many famous people in New Orleans or the backwoods, relying for protection on the knife he supposedly ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Forbes, William Schallert, John Laing
Rawhide (1959–1965)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines
Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Robert Taylor, Stanley Andrews, Ronald Reagan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Combining colorized footage from the television series 'The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp' with new scenes shot in Tombstone, Az in 1994-this movie shows the return of the legendary former ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Landres, Frank McDonald
Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Bruce Boxleitner, Paul Brinegar
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wyatt Earp  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(227 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Wyatt Earp was originally offered to George Montgomery, but he turned it down because he had commitments for several western films and couldn't get out of them. Hugh O'Brian was then awarded the part. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Ken Darby
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Consistent , Absorbing Western Narratives; Memorable Action & Drama
5 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This tremendously popular and long-running half-hour series featured changes of locale, added characters and deaths, and in several cases changes of the actors plying parts. Central to the proceedings from first to last from 1955--1961 was lean and athletic Hugh O/Brian as a plausible young Wyatt Earp. Into this the life of this fictionalized American icon, other characters real and imagined were introduced. The series was first located in Kansas cattle towns such as Wichita and Dodge City; then O'Brian moved to Tombstone, Arizona. He became and remained a town marshal during this time. Other regulars of note in this very intelligently-made, innovative and realistic series--one whose 'history' was decidedly not of a documentary variety--included Lloyd Corrigan as Ned Buntline, Alan Dinehart as Bat Masterson, several Doc Hollidays, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty, Denver Pyle, Damian O'Flynn, Carol Stone as Kate Holliday, Selmer Jackson, Randy Stuart, Wlliam Tannen, Paul Brinegar as Mayor "Dog" Kelly, Trevor Bardette as Old Man Clanton, Steve Brodie as Sheriff Johnnie Behan, Ross Elliott and others as Wyatt Earp's brothers, etc. The peculiar and memorable structure of the show allowed "changes" in character, relationships, locations, etc. when many series did not permit such alterations. In addition, the show's producers used some actors in guest roles many times, including Sam Flint, Steve Pendleton, Rico Alaniz and more. Guest stars of note included Anna May Wong, Arthur Space, Ann Robinson, Howard Petrie, George Wallace, Richard Travis, Robert Lowery, James Coburn, Peggy Knudsen, Fay Baker, Carolyn Craig, Jim Bannon, Nancy Hadley, Whitner Bissell, Angie Dickinson, Francis de Sales, Peter Mamakos, Ed Nelson, Richard Devon, Lane Bradford, Dorothy Green and John Vivyan, plus many more. Directors of record included Paul Landres and Frank McDonald. The staff of writers included Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, John Dunkel and Dan Ullman. These professionals kept up the show's very consistent quality throughout, I suggest. During its run, this series was shot by six cinematographers but only two art directors, by Ralph Berger and Albert M. Pyke, created its authentic western 'look'. Set decorations were done by Jack Mills and Kenneth W. Swartz. Bruce Bilson was second-unit director, with Hollywood veteran Roy Rowland as executive producer. The producers employed a gun expert, several production specialists and very good but less-expensive talents in order to keep up their high-standard of quality. The series ended with a memorable five-part but not-very-accurate gunfight at the OK Corral. This by my lights was a first-rate narrative TV series, I assert, one which was much imitated for decades afterward. Also of note was the show's theme song, whose picture of Earp set the tone for Eliot Ness, The Lawman, and Kojack among many other TV lawmen to come.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Looking For a Western thegalaxybeing
Wyatt Earp in Wichita tscoke@oldwiz.net
3 stars in the west thegalaxybeing
Holy smokes!! Wyatt's handing out speed! corriganville
Now on DVD rvillafana
Sheriff Charlie Bassett steve1716
Discuss The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?