The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 4, Episode 9

King of the Frontier (11 Nov. 1958)

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Ned Buntline arrives in Dodge City after writing a book naming Earp King of the Frontier. The book says Earp can beat any cowboy so a rancher bets Buntline that Earp can't beat his men but Buntline assumes the duel is not part of the bet.


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Lloyd Corrigan ...
Shotgun Gibbs
Grant Withers ...
Miles Breck
Ralph Sanford ...
Mayor Jim Kelley
Harry Fleer ...


Earp's friend Ned Buntline has written a new book titled King of the Frontier featuring Earp being the best in a shootout and at various cowboy activities. Buntline has come west to experience a cattle drive. He is the guest of Miles Breck of the Lazy Q outfit which has reached Dodge City. Breck bets Buntline that Earp can't beat his best men in each activity specified in the book. The bet is $10,000 and Buntline must pay up if Earp declines to participate. Earp is not happy about it but realizes if he declines he will be the butt of every cowboy's joke. Buntline assumes the bet relates only to the cowboy activities but Breck intends for it to include a shootout at 100 yards with Earp using his Buntline versus a man with a Winchester. A miniature rodeo is created with Earp against Breck's best man in four events. When Buntline realizes Breck wants the shootout, he tries to call off the bet but Shotgun intervenes saying he wants to talk to Earp who adds one request. Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Among the friends who invariably got Wyatt Earp into trouble was Ned Buntline, popular author of dime novels about the Western frontier. Mr. Buntline admired Wyatt to the point of idolatry. This was a pleasant and embarrassing attitude and Wyatt's sense of humor enabled him to forgive the mild bragging of the writer. But when Buntline made Wyatt the hero of a new novel titled 'King of the Frontier'...
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