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David H. Vowell ...
Wyatt Earp (as David Vowell)
Tim Janes ...
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John Kane ...
John David Clarke ...
John O'Conner White ...
Billy Clanton (as John White)
Archie Deming Jr. ...
Steve DeFrance ...
Frank McLaury (as Steve de France)
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Kate Elder Holliday (as Karen Kondan)
Evans Thornton ...
Marshall Williams (as Evans Thorton)
Gay Molloy ...
Nellie Cashman
Robert Tindall ...
Gordon Deneau ...
Milt Joyce
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The Most Accurate Ever Brought to the Screen
5 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is reconstructed per eyewitness accounts from newspaper articles from the 1880's. It is presented in kind of "newsreel style", sort of a grainy black and white. It is appropriate, because the effect is very good and had a realism about it. It makes you feel that you are a contemporary watching a re-enactment of a recent crime. In fact, "Appointment with Destiny" won 2 Emmys for this effect.

Lorne Greene is the narrator and that reinforces the authenticity. --Actors take on the roles of all the people involved and they completely reconstruct the gunfight in several stages. They follow one account and act that, and then another account and act that. If there is a conflict between accounts, they reconcile it and explain how they arrived at the conclusion. Fortunately, with regard to the "Showdown at O.K. Corral" there were no major discrepancies. I loved this episode.

I found a review online dated February 29, 1972 from the Gettysburg Times. Lowry, the writer did not like the special effects, for example the use of "sepia colored film". In an effort to create a sense of authenticity, the story was told too slowly in her opinion.


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