Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses ... See full summary »
Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town. Written by
Gunplay and action with the legendary deputy US marshal Wyatt Earp
The film is developed in Wichita where was Wyatt Earp ( Joel McCrea ) as one of the many lawman hired to keep the peace . Wyatt Earp was a gunman and sometime peace officer whose legendary reputation as a paragon of law and order was largely manufactured by himself and his biographer Stuart Lake . Undoubtedly he was also a man of great courage and gunfighting skill . After working as a freighter and buffalo hunter Earp served as a policeman in Wichita ( during 1875-76 years) and then as assistant town marshal of Dodge city . Wichita was a major cattle town that started life as a trading post for the Indians who had a village nearby and later a white settlement developed around . The town was incorporated as a third class city in 1871, and the following year , when the railroad reached the location , it becomes a booming railhead of the cattle drives from Texas up the Chisholm trail . Like other cattle towns ( Abilene ) the rowdy , free-spending cowboys attracted saloon keepers , gambling houses, brothels , dance houses and all types of frontier riff-raff , the city became notorious for its lawlessness and vice , serving the needs of Texas cowboys . Wichita was the leading cattle shipping center , with 200.000 cattle and 2.000 cowboys flooding into the area at the height of the station . At the movie the cowboys ( as Robert J.Wilke and Jack Elam ) amuse themselves shooting the air and is when Wyatt Earp intervenes to keep the order . He is helped by his brothers James ( John Smith ) and Morgan ( Peter Graves )who was badly wounded in the explosive showdown known as the Gunfight at the O.K .Corral(26 October 1881) . At the film appears Bat Masterson ( Keith Larsen ) working as journalist . Bat was also a peace officer and gunfighter of legendary reputation as Earp and spent the last twenty years of his life as a popular sports writer on a New York newspaper , moving on to Dodge City , he served as a police officer and became a comrade of Wyatt . The motion picture develops pretty well the events around Wichita . The casting is frankly magnificent as the main characters ( McCrea,Vera Miles ) as the excellent supporting actors ( Edgar Buchanan , Lloyd Bridges , Wallace Ford ). The picture is well directed by Jacques Tourneur . Rating : Good Western , well worth watching .
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