The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 3, Episode 36

Dig a Grave for Ben Thompson (20 May 1958)

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Ben Thompson sneaks back into Dodge City bringing trouble and two women who were both promised marriage by him. Earp becomes entangled in the problem when he is caught with both women fighting in his hotel room while Doc finds a solution.


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Episode cast overview:
Myron Healey ...
Doc Holliday (as Michael Healey)
Rita Morales
Lorna Thayer ...
Jenny McCabe
Mayor Jim Kelley


Jenny McCabe approaches Mayor Kelley complaining that Ben Thompson is in Dodge City seeking the help of his friend Earp. Ben owes her $5000 and promised to marry her. Kelley confronts Earp about Thompson only to find Earp has received a complaint from Mexican Rita Morales who was also promised marriage by the recently divorced Ben Thompson. Doc overhears two men plot to confront Ben in a front and back gun play trick. Doc saves Ben by killing one of the men during the confrontation. Several of Rita's Mexican friends are also in Dodge City looking for Ben. Ben gives Earp $6000 to repay Jenny and pay for his own burial. After Earp tells Jenny about the money, she breaks into Earp's hotel room looking for evidence. Rita finds her there resulting in a fight between them. Earp learns about them and as he tries to break up the fight several men catch all three in his room starting rumors. Doc dislikes the stories about his friend Earp so he uses his Solomon like wisdom to solve Ben and ... Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Next to Doc Holliday, the outlaw Ben Thompson was probably the sorest trial to Marshal Wyatt Earp. Ben always insisted that he loved Wyatt like a brother. But according to Ben's curious code, this gave him the right to call on Wyatt for help on a personal matter not concerned with breaking the law. One day, in 1878, Wyatt found himself in a real mess with Ben Thompson, Doc Holliday, and two angry women.
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