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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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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 (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 (205 episodes, 1955-1961)
Louis F. Edelman .... executive producer / producer (204 episodes, 1955-1961)
Roy Rowland .... producer (7 episodes, 1961)
Series Original Music by
Harold Adamson (80 episodes, 1957-1961)
Harry Warren (79 episodes, 1957-1961)
Herman Stein (29 episodes, 1955-1959)
Series Cinematography by
Harold E. Wellman (95 episodes, 1955-1961)
Howard Schwartz (54 episodes, 1957-1958)
Henry Cronjager Jr. (25 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert B. Hauser (16 episodes, 1959-1961)
Clark Ramsey (3 episodes, 1958)
Series Film Editing by
John Durant (201 episodes, 1955-1961)
Series Art Direction by
Albert M. Pyke (169 episodes, 1955-1961)
Charles F. Pyke (25 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ralph Berger (22 episodes, 1958-1959)
Richard Berger (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker (107 episodes, 1955-1961)
Ken Swartz (49 episodes, 1957-1961)
Jack Mills (18 episodes, 1957)
John MacNeil (18 episodes, 1959)
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 (156 episodes, 1955-1961)
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (36 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 / ... (203 episodes, 1955-1961)
Sydney M. Fogel .... production manager (109 episodes, 1956-1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (70 episodes, 1956-1959)
Sydney M. Fogel .... assistant director (67 episodes, 1955-1961)
Bruce Bilson .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
James Engle .... assistant director (37 episodes, 1960-1961)
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 (62 episodes, 1957-1959)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... property master (17 episodes, 1959-1961)
Series Sound Department
Robert Reeve .... rerecording editor / re-recording editor / ... (191 episodes, 1955-1961)
Tommy Thompson .... sound (188 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 (27 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Douglas Stevens .... wardrobe / costume supervisor (198 episodes, 1955-1961)
Series Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor / editorial assistant / ... (167 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 (202 episodes, 1955-1961)
Wilda McGinnis .... story editor (6 episodes, 1959)

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

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Hugh O'Brien was a member of the United states marine corps and he was actually the fastest quick draw of all his fellow actor's on Western television stars. O'Brien's draw was .08 of a second.See more »
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The best of the Desilu produced Westerns..Commemorating the original Wyatt Earp television series on it's 60th anniversary, 28 December 2015
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This prime-time Emmy nominated series along with "Gunsmoke", and "Cheyenne" set the stage that launched a great era of television Westerns. "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" was one of the tremendously popular half-hour shows that featured changes in locate while adding characters and changes of the actors playing the parts. Originally offer to George Montgomery, the title part went to lean and athletic actor Hugh O'Brien who remained with the series throughout it's entire six-year run who appeared in all 229 episodes. This was one of the great Desilu produced Westerns to come out of the mid-1950's with big name guest stars and superb writing and direction in all episodes. "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" premiered on ABC's prime-time schedule on September 6, 1955 premiering exactly four days before "Gunsmoke"(which aired on a rival television network) and produced by Robert Sisk, Louis F. Edelman, and Roy Rowland(who served as the executive producers of this series). "Wyatt Earp" was placed on ABC's Tuesday night schedule in prime-time for the remainder of it's run which aired at 8:30pm eastern/7:30pm central. The series was produced by Desilu Productions(the production company founded by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball)and was filmed at the Desilu-Cahuenga Studios. The show's sponsors throughout it's run were The General Mills Corporation, Proctor & Gamble, and The Parker Pen Company. A total of 229 episodes were produced in black and white from September 6, 1955 until the final episode of the series on June 27,1961. Interesting note about this show. An off-camera barbershop quartet(The Ken Darby Singers)sang the theme song and hummed the background music during the first two seasons.

Hugh O'Brien was the perfect choice as Wyatt Earp,the fictional character whose reign of law and order in the Old West set the stage for what was to come. During the series six-year run, it started with Wyatt's experiences as the deputy town marshal for the first four episodes in Ellsworth, Kansas and then moving towards Wichita,Kansas. There the show shifted from his stint in Dodge City, Kansas to Tombstone,Arizona Territory(toward the show's final two seasons). This brilliantly produced and intelligent writing of this series brought on board great guest stars as well as keeping TV-Viewers tuned in for some great action sequences that made this show stand out from all the other Westerns that came during the mid-1950's. Some of the best writers lend themselves to some of the great episodes ranging from John Dunkel to Wells Root, Frederick Hazlitt-Brennan, Buck Houghton, Dan Ullman, to Michael Fessier, Thomas Reed, Richard Sanville, and Celeste Plank. Big name directors like Frank McDonald, Roy Rowland, Paul Landres, Sidney Salkow and Lewis R. Foster contribute to some of the episodes.

Several big name guest stars appeared on this series ranging from newcomers like Angie Dickinson, Ed Nelson, James Coburn, Stacy Harris, Mike Connors(the future "Mannix"), Ron Ely(the future "Tarzan"),and James Best, Robert Fuller(the future "Laramie"), along with Steve Brodie to seasoned actors like Morgan Woodward, Paul Brinegar, Ray Kellogg, Denver Pyle, Lash La Rue, to Glenn Strange, John Anderson, John Dehner, Gloria Talbott, Gregory Walcott, Jean Allison, Harold J. Stone, along with Barney Phillips, Adele Mara, Whit Bissell, Sheb Wooley, Eddy Waller, John Carradine, Patricia Donahue, Frank Ferguson, Ellen Corby, and Marie Windsor. After "The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp" was canceled on June 27, 1961 after six seasons and 229 episodes, the show that replaced it in the fall of 1961 was the short-lived situation comedy series "Calvin and the Colonel"

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