The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 4, Episode 28

How to Be a Sheriff (24 Mar. 1959)

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A new Sheriff is elected urged by his family and girl friend to run. He thinks the job is serving papers while the dangerous part will be handled by Earp. The new sheriff learns differently when he is given papers to evict outlaw brothers.


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Episode cast overview:
Shotgun Gibbs
Sheriff Del Mathey
Elsa Jordan
Ralph Sanford ...
Mayor Jim Kelley
Mike Ragan ...
Tim Grogan
Alan Wells ...
Deputy Nate Hawkins
Damian O'Flynn ...
Rex Lease ...
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While Earp is out of town, Del Mathey replaces Bat Mastersn as the new Sheriff of Ford County. His family who owns a ranch and his girl friend Elsa Jordan whose lawman father was ambushed and killed urged him to run. He believes it to be an office job involving serving subpoenas and other papers. The dangerous work will be handled by Earp as Dodge City Marshal. Earp has to tell Mathey that his limits are the city boundary unless in hot pursuit and that Mathey needs to hire experienced deputies. The county is the Sheriff's responsibility. Mathey's first task is to evict the Grogan brothers from land on which they are squatting. They use rifle fire to drive away the sheriff and his deputy. His deputy quits when he is unable to find help for a posse. Mathey considers quitting but Earp and Elsa convince him to stay. With Earp's help they take the Grogin brothers but Mathey runs under fire. Earp tells him not to worry until after his second time in a gunfight. A gang working with the ... Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Bat Masterson and Charlie Bassett were known as fighting Sheriffs of Ford County, Kansas. They had moved on to other jobs. And Marshal Wyatt Earp, returning from a long chase westward after federal outlaws, found that Del Mathey had been elected Sheriff. Del had no qualifications for the job other than a family name and personal popularity.
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