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Release Date:
6 September 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Cast

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Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp (227 episodes, 1955-1961)
Jimmy Noel ... Townsman / ... (144 episodes, 1955-1960)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman / ... (136 episodes, 1955-1961)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Townsman / ... (135 episodes, 1955-1961)
Bill Coontz ... Townsman / ... (99 episodes, 1955-1961)
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Series Directed by
Frank McDonald (149 episodes, 1955-1959)
Roy Rowland (39 episodes, 1959-1960)
Paul Landres (25 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sidney Salkow (12 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Writing credits
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (189 episodes, 1955-1961)
John Dunkel (15 episodes, 1957-1960)
Daniel B. Ullman (10 episodes, 1955-1958)
Frank Gruber (4 episodes, 1955-1960)
Maurice Tombragel (4 episodes, 1955-1957)
Wells Root (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Albert Beich (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Wilda McGinnis (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

Series Produced by
Robert Sisk .... producer / executive producer (118 episodes, 1955-1959)
Louis F. Edelman .... executive producer / producer (116 episodes, 1955-1959)

Roy Rowland .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Herman Stein (29 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (53 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harold E. Wellman (46 episodes, 1955-1957)
Henry Cronjager Jr. (8 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert B. Hauser (5 episodes, 1959)
Clark Ramsey (3 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Durant (113 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Casting by
Marjorie Benson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Albert M. Pyke (83 episodes, 1955-1959)
Charles F. Pyke (25 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ralph Berger (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Richard Berger (4 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker (48 episodes, 1955-1959)
Ken Swartz (41 episodes, 1957-1958)
Jack Mills (17 episodes, 1957)
Joseph W. Holland (3 episodes, 1959)
Jack H. Ahern (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Sandy Grace (2 episodes, 1959)
John MacNeil (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Makeup Department
Paul Malcolm .... makeup artist (95 episodes, 1955-1959)
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1958-1959)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1958-1959)
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor / production manager (115 episodes, 1955-1959)
Sydney M. Fogel .... production manager (79 episodes, 1956-1959)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (70 episodes, 1956-1959)
Bruce Bilson .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bob White .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1959-1960)
James Engle .... assistant director (37 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sydney M. Fogel .... assistant director (35 episodes, 1955-1956)
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (29 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bert Chervin .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Art Department
Carl Nugent .... property master (45 episodes, 1957-1959)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... property master (5 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert Reeve .... rerecording editor / re-recording editor / ... (111 episodes, 1955-1959)
Tommy Thompson .... sound (110 episodes, 1955-1959)
Glen Glenn .... sound recordist / recordist (48 episodes, 1955-1959)
Leon M. Leon .... sound (5 episodes, 1959)
Jack Solomon .... sound (4 episodes, 1955)
Jack Lowry .... re-recording editor (4 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Stunts
Archie Butler .... stunt double: Alan Wells / stunt double: John Craven / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1958)
Jack N. Young .... utility stunts (2 episodes, 1956)
Bill Coontz .... stunt double: Jan Merlin / stunt double: Trevor Bardette (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
Bill Catching .... stunt double: Hugh O'Brian (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jim James .... chief electrician (9 episodes, 1958-1959)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Douglas Stevens .... wardrobe / costume supervisor (111 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (101 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Music Department
Ken Darby .... chorus / music by / ... (217 episodes, 1955-1961)
E.C. Norton .... music editor (65 episodes, 1956-1958)
Harold Adamson .... composer: theme music (48 episodes, 1955-1959)
Harry Warren .... composer: theme music (48 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Other crew
Stuart N. Lake .... consultant (114 episodes, 1955-1959)
Wilda McGinnis .... story editor (6 episodes, 1959)

Arvo Ojala .... gun coach (unknown episodes)
 

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30 min (227 episodes)
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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 »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 17 March 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The 226 half-hour episodes of the western series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" were originally broadcast on ABC from 1955-1961. This DVD set contains a selection of 26 episodes from throughout the run of the series. Thus the secondary title "From Ellsworth to Tombstone".

The series is somewhat obscure relative to that era's lineup of adult westerns although it was the most realistic of the group and even managed a surprising degree of historical accuracy. It is loosely based on the career of the real-life Wyatt Earp (played by Hugh O'Brian) and sequentially follows the assorted career moves and location changes of this lawman/saloonkeeper.

The series starts with Wyatt becoming the marshal of Ellsworth, Kansas. A few episodes later he moves to Dodge City (shades of "Gunsmoke's" Marshall Dillon). The last two seasons take place in Tombstone, Arizona and feature the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral (which is included in this DVD set).

O'Brian's acting in the series is a vast improvement over his performance in "Rocketship X- M" a few years earlier. He plays Earp as a strong and rugged character but with a nice touch of humanness and wry charm. Many sidekicks come and go over the course of the series but none rise to the level of a Chester or Festus from "Gunsmoke" or even a Pat Brady from "Roy Rogers". Two actors play Doc Holliday (Douglas Fowley and Myron Healey) and Mason Alan Dinehart plays Bat Masterson. Interviews with O'Brien and Dinehart are included on one of the DVD's.

Because the episodes were only a half-hour and because no cast member other than O'Brian really caught on the reputation of the series has suffered in comparison to other examples of the genre. But it features some quality western action without the fluff and philosophy of the longer shows. And it is fair to say that it had considerable influence on development of the adult western series.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

I'll tell you a story a real true life story. A tale of the Western frontier. The West, it was lawless, but one man was flawless, And his is the story you'll hear.

Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long life his glory, and long may his story be told.

Well he cleaned up the country, the old wild west country. He made law and order prevail. and none can deny it The legend of Wyatt forever will live on the trail.

Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long life his glory and long may his story be told.

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