Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl King
Nancy Shoemaker
Jennifer Edwards ...
Victoria Alperin
Christina Alperin
Captain Blackworth
Chief Marvin Dibner
Dutch Kieffer
Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus ...
Hal Flynn
Michael Alperin


Whilst making a silent film about the life of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, veteran actor 'Tom Mix' (Bruce Willis) discovers that the real Earp ('James Garner') is on the film set as a technical advisor. The two become friends, but when a murder takes place, the two become partners and set about tracking down the killer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two.


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Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catalina  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$4,594,452 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture is set in the year of 1929 which was the first year that the Oscars were held. The film features a fictionalized sequence of the first ever Academy Awards Ceremony. See more »


One of the musicians in the mariachi band in the restaurant is playing an Ovation guitar; however, no Ovations existed before 1964. See more »


Tom Mix: I fell in love with a beautiful woman who believed a man was not a complete lover unless he knew how to tango.
Cheryl King, Owner of Candy Store: She didn't give you much choice.
Tom Mix: I took lessons for years.
Wyatt Earp: And what was this young lady's vocation?
Tom Mix: She was a tango instructor.
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Crazy Credits

The final frame of the picture freezes, and the following text appears: "And this is how it really happened. Give or take a lie or two." See more »


Spoofs Hour of the Gun (1967) See more »


Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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30 December 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A light Western with a great cast. Perhaps a little corny at times but with the plot twists and humor of the movie I found myself enjoying the entire movie. The fact that Tom Mix had a great respect for Wyatt Earp in real life was brought out. The humor mixed in with a serious plot helped out the entire storyline. If for no other reason it was great to see Bruce Willis in one of his first movies.

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