The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 6, Episode 35

Just Before the Battle (13 Jun. 1961)

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A stagecoach holdup orchestrated by Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius gives Wyatt Earp the opportunity he's been waiting for--a chance to get the rival factions in the Clanton gang to turn on each other instead of the law.


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Episode cast overview:
Ray Boyle ...
Morgan Earp (as Dirk London)
William Phipps ...
Ralph Reed ...
Rayford Barnes ...
Gregg Palmer ...
George Wallace ...


The holdup of the Sandy Bob stage line gives Earp an opportunity to trick the two factions of the Clanton gang into fighting each other. The stage was held up with two men killed and $80,000 in silver bullion on board. Earp and his deputies catch one of the men who states that Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius ordered the holdup without the knowledge of the Clantons or McLowerys. Earp with Virgil talks to Ike and Billy Clanton about the holdup implicating Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius while Doc Holliday tells Johnny and Curly that the Clantons and McLowerys want their share of the $80,000. The hope is that the two sides will turn on each other. Ike Clanton decides to inform on the location of the men who pulled the robbery for the $2,000 reward per man and to get even with Johnny and Curly. Earp acts on the information but a boy at the telegraph office reading a telegram to Earp tells Johnny and Curly. The pair warn the holdup men foiling Earp's trick and setting up a show ... Written by Anonymous

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13 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral had its inception in the holdup of a Sandy Bob Stage. After the death of Old Man Clanton, Marshal Earp thought he saw another chance to split the Clanton outfit by tricking the outlaws into gunning each other down. Wyatt knew that if this failed, there would be a fight to the finish between the John Laws of Tombstone and the Clanton gunfighters.
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The Legend of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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