The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 3, Episode 13

Indian Wife (10 Dec. 1957)

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When a man insults and is shot by the Indian wife of a white man, Earp is forced intercede between the couple and her father Chief Two Moon. The wife and son have returned to her tribe hoping to prevent further trouble with the law.

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Carol Thurston ...
Laura Melaney
Richard Garland ...
Dick Melaney
Lane Bradford ...
Two Moon
Sheb Wooley ...
Rex Jones
Rico Alaniz ...
Mr. Cousin
Rodd Redwing ...
Mr. Brother
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Dick and Laura Melaney arrive in Dodge City with their toddler son on their way back east for a vacation. The daughter of Cheyenne Chief Two Moon, Laura attended an Indian school where she became accustomed to the white life style. Dick married her and together they have built up a nice spread in Kansas. The trip is to allow Laura to see the eastern US and see how well she is accepted although Indian wives are not always accepted in the west due to hard feelings. At the hotel the drunk Rex Jones tries to make a pass at her twice. The first time Earp stops Dick from killing Rex in a shootout while Laura wounds him with a pistol when they meet alone in the hall later. Fearing she will run afoul of the law, Laura leaves with their son and returns to her father's camp. Two Moon does not like his son-in-law and treats his daughter as property. Earp with the help of Mr. Cousin and Mr. Brother tries to intercede but Two Moon takes Dick captive and wants him to kill Rex Jones. Earp has a ... Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Marriages between white men and Indian girls happened rarely, even on the Kansas frontier of 1877. Despite the sentimental guff written about 'squaw men', the strongest barriers in such marriages was the sacrifice demanded on any Indian who dared to marry a white man. Fighting tribes like the Apaches, the Sioux and the Cheyenne greeted such romances with deadly anger. Marshal Earp would rather face a great gunman than become involved with a white husband and an Indian wife.
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