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Release Date:
6 September 1955 (USA) See more »
Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks... See more »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 332)

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)

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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Shootin' Stars (1960)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Sanitized with surprises, 14 November 2003
Author: skoyles from Calgary AB Canada

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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