The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 3, Episode 29

It Had to Happen (1 Apr. 1958)

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After Bat's shirt sleeve is hit by a bullet from a gunman Earp had hit in the shoulder, Mayor Kelley tell Earp he must shoot to kill. Earp is later forced to kill a man which causes him to have second thoughts about his job.


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Episode cast overview:
Alan Wells ...
George Hoyt
Mayor Jim Kelley
Mason Alan Dinehart ...
Marjorie Stapp ...
Bill Cassady ...
Dr. McCarty
Harry Tyler ...
Jack Mulhall ...
Man Hiring Hoyt


After an incident in which Earp wounds a man shooting at him and Bat in which Bat's sleeve is punctured, Bat with the agreement of the deputies has Mayor Kelley issue an order for Earp to shoot to kill in future incidents. Earp agrees to do so when he is with the deputies to protect them. Meanwhile, outlaw George Hoyt who is wanted in Texas for stealing a ranch payroll meets with locals at the Four Corners Road House. The men will pay him $1500 and clear the indictment against him in Texas if he kills Earp. After agreeing, Hoyt goes to Dodge City to scout and kill Earp. Earp and his men are wary of Hoyt when he arrives due to his lack of care for his horse. Hoyt tries to pump saloon woman Daisy about Earp and then gets into a fight. He is arrested and Daisy visits Earp to say she doesn't trust Hoyt. After being released Hoyt sees his chance to kill Earp but Earp mortally wounds him. After he dies in Dr. McCarty's office, Earp decides to leave town to learn about Hoyt and decide his ... Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Marshal Earp had lived through fifty gunfights in Dodge City and Wichita without killing a man. Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday and many other friends warned Wyatt that shooting to disable rather than to kill was quixotic nonsense. Gunfighters began to count on Wyatt's determination to spare their lives. And Bat, who was devoted, made one last attempt to change Wyatt's thinking.
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