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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral -- 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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Leon Uris (screenplay)
George Scullin (suggested by an article by)
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Release Date:
30 May 1957 (USA) See more »
The Fiery Brilliance of 8 Great Stars... The Double-Barreled Excitement of 2 Mighty Action Spectacles! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Lancaster and Douglas --- Earp and Holiday See more (86 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Wyatt Earp

Kirk Douglas ... Doc Holliday

Rhonda Fleming ... Laura Denbow

Jo Van Fleet ... Kate Fisher

John Ireland ... Johnny Ringo

Lyle Bettger ... Ike Clanton

Frank Faylen ... Cotton Wilson

Earl Holliman ... Charles Bassett

Ted de Corsia ... Shanghai Pierce (as Ted DeCorsia)

Dennis Hopper ... Billy Clanton

Whit Bissell ... John P. Clum

George Mathews ... John Shanssey

John Hudson ... Virgil Earp

DeForest Kelley ... Morgan Earp

Martin Milner ... James Earp

Kenneth Tobey ... Bat Masterson

Lee Van Cleef ... Ed Bailey
Joan Camden ... Betty Earp

Olive Carey ... Mrs. Clanton
Brian G. Hutton ... Rick (as Brian Hutton)

Nelson Leigh ... Mayor Kelly

Jack Elam ... Tom McLowery

Don Castle ... Drunken Cowboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Girl (uncredited)
Tom Arnold ... Barrel-Rolling Boy (uncredited)
William Bailey ... (uncredited)
John Benson ... Rig Driver (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Carter ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Deputy / Killer / Townsman (uncredited)
James Davies ... Card Player (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Barfly (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Tombstone Card Player (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Gary ... Killer (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Bartender (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Barfly (uncredited)

Stuart Hall ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Charles Herbert ... Tommy Earp - Virgil's Son (uncredited)
Edward Ingram ... Deputy (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Old Man (uncredited)

Dave Kashner ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Croupier (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Bartender (uncredited)
Morgan Lane ... Killer (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Cowboy (uncredited)

John Maxwell ... Merchant at Dance (uncredited)
William Meigs ... Wayne (uncredited)
Harry Mendoza ... Frank Loving - Dealer (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Mario - Dodge City Barber (uncredited)

Dennis Moore ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Barfly (uncredited)
Max Power ... Card Player (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Pierce's Foreman (uncredited)

Lee Roberts ... Finn Clanton (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Harry - Griffin Bartender (uncredited)
Court Shepard ... Card Player (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Frank McLowery (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Pierce Henchman in Saloon (uncredited)
Robert Swan ... Shaugnessy Man (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Barfly (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Henry Wills ... Alby (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Leon Uris (screenplay)

George Scullin (suggested by an article by)

Produced by
Paul Nathan .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Joseph H. Hazen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)
Film Editing by
Warren Low (uncredited)
Casting by
Paul Nathan (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Arthur Krams 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hedy Mjorud .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack Stone .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
William Davidson .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Romaine Birkmeyer .... prop shop (uncredited)
Robert Goodstein .... props (uncredited)
Cline Jones .... prop shop (uncredited)
John Keever .... labor (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
A. Peterson .... laborer (uncredited)
Dwight Thompson .... props (uncredited)
Dee Turner .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
R.D. Cook .... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Dutton .... sound director (uncredited)
Archie Gardiner .... boom grip (uncredited)
Tom Hadley .... boom grip (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt .... mike grip (uncredited)
Seymour Kline .... sound cableman (uncredited)
Jim Miller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Gordon Palmer .... mike grip (uncredited)
Bob Simpson .... sound boom (uncredited)
Bob Simpson .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
John Benson .... stunts (uncredited)
Lynn Borden .... riding double: Rhonda Fleming/Jo Van Fleet (uncredited)
Roger Creed .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Alexander .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Almond .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Avery .... still photographer (uncredited)
C. Bell .... grip (uncredited)
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Elmer Cannon .... electrician (uncredited)
Frank Carroll .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
C.D. Drew .... head electrician (uncredited)
Pat Drew .... gaffer (uncredited)
Gordon Fleming .... grip (uncredited)
C.F. Girard .... generator operator (uncredited)
S. Gross .... electrician (uncredited)
Warren Hoag .... electrician (uncredited)
Al Kelly .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
L. Kirpatrick .... electrician (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
J. Moore .... camera loader (uncredited)
Harry Whittingham .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Gary Fifield .... casting (uncredited)
Bill Greenwald .... casting (uncredited)
Olive Long .... casting secretary (uncredited)
Bert McKay .... casting (uncredited)
Tony Regan .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Grace Harris .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... editorial supervisor
Location Management
Bill Lord .... location auditor (uncredited)
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... music editor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Thomas Conroy .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Bob Fender .... publicist (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack Saper .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hall Wallis' Production of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" - USA (complete title)
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122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:G | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 (2006) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #18134) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Unlike other screen portrayals of Wyatt Earp (not to mention real life), Burt Lancaster doesn't sport a moustache in the film.See more »
Anachronisms: Wyatt and Cotton reminisce about Oklahoma City, which was not founded until 1889.See more »
Wyatt Earp:Look, Holliday, as long as I'm the law here, not one of those cowpokes is going to cross that deadline with a gun. I don't care if his name *is* Shanghai Pierce.
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday:Well spoken. I'll repeat those words at your funeral.
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42 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Lancaster and Douglas --- Earp and Holiday, 9 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In one of her books Hedda Hopper devoted a chapter to both of the stars of Gunfight at the OK Corral, calling them the Terrible Twins. As a columnist Hopper was a firm defender of the old studio system and both Burt and Kirk were seen by her as betraying old Hollywood.

Now personally I think their careers show that both of these guys knew exactly what they were doing in guiding their own destinies. This film is a great example of it. It was deservedly a critical hit and a moneymaker.

No film has ever been made that completely told accurately the story of the famous gunfight, least of all this one. But it sure captures the spirit.

I think both of these guys could have played each other's part and the film still would have been a winner. The problem with playing Wyatt Earp is that he's usually such a straight arrow on screen or on television that the main job of the actor is to keep from making him sound like Dudley Doo-Right. Burt Lancaster is capable enough and did it, but Wyatt Earp maybe one of the least complex roles he ever essayed.

Kirk Douglas though is the best Doc Holiday I've ever seen portrayed. Doc Holiday is a brooding, consumptive alcoholic who's also a woman batterer. He treats Jo Van Fleet like garbage and her responses to him is responsible for several of the plot twists. As I've said before Douglas can flip into rage better than any other actor ever. Just watch him with Van Fleet after the youngest Earp brother has been killed.

Today we would call Jo Van Fleet a battered spouse even though she and Douglas are living common-law. Her's is the next best portrayal in the film besides Kirk Douglas.

Rhonda Fleming has little to do except look coquettish and beautiful as the lady gambler who Lancaster falls for. But that was usually enough for her public. It's ironic that she's playing a liberated woman for 19th century and Fleming's politics are quite right wing and Lancaster her very traditional 19th century man was a noted political liberal.

And of course the unbilled co-star is Frankie Laine singing that wonderful title song by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. Tiomkin was one of the best of movie composers, his music gave that extra oomph into a lot of good movies, making them great.

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