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"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1955-1961

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Seasons:
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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 »
User Reviews:
Consistent , Absorbing Western Narratives; Memorable Action & Drama See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp (227 episodes, 1955-1961)
Jimmy Noel ... Townsman / ... (144 episodes, 1955-1960)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Townsman / ... (136 episodes, 1955-1961)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman / ... (136 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 (190 episodes, 1955-1961)
John Dunkel (15 episodes, 1957-1960)
Daniel B. Ullman (10 episodes, 1955-1958)
Wilda J. Wilson (8 episodes, 1961)
Wilda McGinnis (5 episodes, 1959-1961)
Frank Gruber (4 episodes, 1955-1960)
Maurice Tombragel (4 episodes, 1955-1957)
Wells Root (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Albert Beich (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

Series Produced by
Robert Sisk .... producer / executive producer (215 episodes, 1955-1961)
Louis F. Edelman .... executive producer / producer (214 episodes, 1955-1961)
Roy Rowland .... producer (7 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Original Music by
Harold Adamson (130 episodes, 1957-1961)
Harry Warren (129 episodes, 1957-1961)
Herman Stein (29 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Cinematography by
Harold E. Wellman (102 episodes, 1955-1961)
Howard Schwartz (54 episodes, 1957-1958)
Henry Cronjager Jr. (30 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert B. Hauser (16 episodes, 1959-1961)
Clark Ramsey (4 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Durant (212 episodes, 1955-1961)
 
Series Art Direction by
Albert M. Pyke (180 episodes, 1955-1961)
Ralph Berger (27 episodes, 1958-1959)
Charles F. Pyke (25 episodes, 1957-1958)
Richard Berger (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker (114 episodes, 1955-1961)
Ken Swartz (52 episodes, 1957-1961)
John MacNeil (21 episodes, 1958-1959)
Jack Mills (18 episodes, 1957)
Sandy Grace (3 episodes, 1959)
Joseph W. Holland (3 episodes, 1959)
Jack H. Ahern (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Albert Rickerd (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Paul Malcolm .... makeup artist / hair stylist (163 episodes, 1955-1961)
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (41 episodes, 1958-1961)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1958-1960)
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production manager / production supervisor / ... (214 episodes, 1955-1961)
Sydney M. Fogel .... production manager (112 episodes, 1956-1961)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sydney M. Fogel .... assistant director (74 episodes, 1955-1961)
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (70 episodes, 1956-1959)
James Engle .... assistant director (40 episodes, 1958-1961)
Bruce Bilson .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bob White .... assistant director (33 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (29 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bert Chervin .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Art Department
Carl Nugent .... property master (67 episodes, 1957-1959)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... property master (17 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert Reeve .... rerecording editor / re-recording editor / ... (202 episodes, 1955-1961)
Tommy Thompson .... sound (199 episodes, 1955-1961)
Glen Glenn .... sound recordist / recordist (48 episodes, 1955-1959)
Leon M. Leon .... sound (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Cam McCulloch .... sound engineer / sound ingineer: on screen spelling error in job description / ... (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Eddie Sandlin .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jack Lowry .... re-recording editor / rerecording editor (5 episodes, 1959)
Jack Solomon .... sound (4 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Stunts
Archie Butler .... stunt double: Alan Wells / stunt double: John Craven / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1958)
Whitey Hughes .... stunt double:  / stunts (2 episodes, 1956)
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 (32 episodes, 1958-1959)
 
Series Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Douglas Stevens .... wardrobe / costume supervisor (209 episodes, 1955-1961)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor / editorial assistant / ... (178 episodes, 1955-1961)
 
Series Music Department
Ken Darby .... chorus / music by / ... (217 episodes, 1955-1961)
E.C. Norton .... music editor (65 episodes, 1956-1958)
Harry Warren .... composer: theme music / music: §The Legend of Wyatt Earp" (49 episodes, 1955-1959)
Harold Adamson .... composer: theme music (48 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Other crew
Stuart N. Lake .... consultant (213 episodes, 1955-1961)
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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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 »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Consistent , Absorbing Western Narratives; Memorable Action & Drama, 5 October 2005
Author: silverscreen888

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.

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