Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Western  |  30 May 1957 (USA)
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Denbow
Cotton Wilson
Charles Bassett
Shanghai Pierce (as Ted DeCorsia)
George Mathews ...
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After a long career as a lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp decides to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in a feud with the Clantons, a local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, a terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. Written by Dragan Antulov <>

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Release Date:

30 May 1957 (USA)  »

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Hall Wallis' Production of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frankie Laine also sang the theme song of High Noon (1952), and contributed to the soundtracks for Rawhide (1959) and Blazing Saddles (1974), all iconic westerns. See more »


John Behan was the sheriff of Cochise County at the time of the gunfight, but does not appear in the film. See more »


James 'Jimmy' Earp: Awful quiet. Too quiet.
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Referenced in Conan: Yahtzee at the Ok Corral (2013) See more »


Tombigbee River
(1950) (uncredited)
from Copper Canyon (1950)
Written by A.F. Winnemore and S.S. Steele
Arranged by Charles Bradshaw
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In this film it is Doc that counts.
19 October 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The DVD copy I saw is excellent. The Frankie Laine ballad blends very well with the scenes. Burt Lancaster gives a quite cold performance as Wyatt Earp, and the Earp family is not shown as well as it should. Same thing goes for the Clantons, with the exception of Dennis Hopper, and John Ireland as Johnny Ringo. Kirk Douglas and Jo Van Fleet as Doc and his woman are really the ones that make this film pick up speed. They involve you in their drama. The gunfight is very well staged, you don't see good action scenes like that in westerns nowadays.

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