Pete Albright, a business owner in Dodge City, wants Earp dead to stop the crackdown on crime. He tries to enlist the gunfighter Clay Allison but Allison refuses money. However, he is willing to kill Earp on his own. Having heard Allison is near Dodge City, Jim Kelly who knew Allison in the Army warns Earp. Kelly wants Earp to kill Allison outright but Earp wants to learn what makes Allison tick. Kelly knows that Allison always loads his own ammo to prevent misfires and likes to fight when drunk. After arriving in Dodge City, Allison looks up Earp who is dining. Earp discusses Allison's ammo with him leading to them making a bet on the quality of Allison's ammo. Allison wins but forgets to reload which causes him to have second thoughts when he is confronted by Albright and realizes Earp tricked him into forgetting to reload. He continues to drink followed by issuing a challenge to Earp who meets him in the street but the drunk Allison suddenly realizes he is too drunk to take Earp ... Written by
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Clay Allison was a well known gunfighter with mental issues who was in Dodge City at the same time as Earp but apparently the two never met. See more
Clay Allison was probably the most dangerous of all the killers who challenged Wyatt Earp's authority as Marshal of Dodge City in 1876. Modern doctors would have diagnosed Allison as an alcoholic psychopath, but to the men of the Western frontier, his character was baffling. Only a rough and ready psychologist like Wyatt Earp had any chance in personal conflict with Allison. And for Marshal Earp, there was the deadly risk of guessing wrong.
The Legend of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers See more