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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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Consistent , Absorbing Western Narratives; Memorable Action & Drama See more (8 total) »

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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Trivia:
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 »
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Spoofed in Shootin' Stars (1960)See more »
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5 out of 8 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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