In a township outside Dodge City Judge Smith sentences Dal Royal to be hung in 24 hours at Dodge City by Bat who is ill prepared to handle the function. Bat believes Dal is innocent but Dal refuses to defend himself against the charges. He takes Dal to Dodge City where Dal's girlfriend Alice Hendricks has come to ask Earp to help. Dal is foreman on her dad's ranch. Earp is unable to get Dal to talk either and Judge Tobin refuses to give a stay of execution. Earp questions a man who will only say he is afraid of the White Cap vigilantes and the two murdered men were members. The man is later shot dead in front of Earp's office. It becomes clear Dal was a member but tried to leave the gang so they are threatening Alice. Earp makes a leather rig to fake the hanging to help draw out the White Caps but only Bat knows about it. After the fake hanging they catch two White Caps trying to dig up the body but they won't talk. Earp decides to let it be known he is taking Dal to the Hendricks' ... Written by
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On the Kansas frontier in the late 1870s, what men called justice was often savage. Alleged rustlers and horse thieves were often hanged by their captors without trial. Judges like Roy Bean and Oklahoma Parker ordered men to the gallows for crimes that today would be punished by imprisonment. Wyatt Earp, as marshal of Dodge City, was one of many peace officer who stood against lynch law and the severity of so-called legal justice. When Dal Royal, a Texas cowhand was sentenced to be...
"The Legend of Wyatt Earp"
Words by Harold Adamson
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers See more