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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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(8 articles)
Hugh O'Brian Recalls "The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp" - Exclusive Interview.
 (From CinemaRetro. 23 April 2015, 9:10 AM, PDT)

"The Life And Times Of Wyatt Earp" TV Series Comes To DVD
 (From CinemaRetro. 7 February 2015, 6:43 PM, PST)

R.I.P. Dann Cahn
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"Long Live His Fame And Long Live His Glory And Long May His Story Be Told" 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 (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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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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"Long Live His Fame And Long Live His Glory And Long May His Story Be Told", 9 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Buried in the credits of The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp is the one that lists Stuart N. Lake as the consultant. That makes it an official Earp project.

Wyatt Earp had the distinct advantage that he lived long enough to have outlived most of his contemporaries and then at the very end of his life in 1929 commissioned his memoirs. Writer Stuart N. Lake did a series of interviews with Wyatt before he died and it was on that basis that a fine biography was published about him. Of course it was strictly from the Earp point of view.

When Earp died, Lake became custodian of the legend. Most of the films subsequently made concerning Earp if you'll look at the credits are based on Lake's book. And of course Wyatt is a cowboy hero. It took the recent films by Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell to kind of put Earp and his accomplishments in perspective.

To deal with towns like the frontier Wichita, Dodge City, and Tombstone you couldn't be a Boy Scout. Wyatt Earp was certainly not that and neither were his brothers Virgil and Morgan. Still this show preserves the legend as it would since it was based on the book of the legend maker.

I don't think any real person has been so blessed as Wyatt Earp to have had the variety of people playing him. Tom Mix, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, James Garner as well as Russell and Costner, I can't think of anyone who's been better preserved for posterity by Hollywood.

Add to the list Hugh O'Brian who got his career role in this series and never was ever really able to shake loose from the casting. He's as good a cowboy hero as they come.

Many of the stories from the series came from Lake's book. I urge you to read it if you can find a copy. There have been a number of attempts to debunk the Earp legend, but his fame and glory will live long, just as the series theme tells us.

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