A saloon owned by the widow of an ex-Conferadate soldier is nearly destroyed by five cowboys in a fight over where she has a picture of General Robert E. Lee. Earp and his men break up the fight and arrest the men. Mrs. Donagher estimates the damage at $1500 so the Judge sentences the men to jail until they pay the damages. Earp has developed a reputation as a northerner who is able to handle the southerners without gun play or bloodshed. Marsh Murdock has come from Wichita to offer him the job of marshal there. He gets to watch Earp in action as Kirby Ramser with gunmen behind him threatens to burn the town unless Earp is run out of town. Upon learning Ramser's plans from Bat, Earp decides to use Lee's birthday to break the impasse. Ramser and his men ride into town only to find it celebrating Lee's birthday. The men salute Lee's photo and leave with Earp and Ramser left alone. Ramser decides to call the fight off and leaves plus he pays the damages owed by his men. Earp is off to ... Written by
Bat Masterson is portrayed as being much younger than Wyatt Earp. In fact, there was only a 5 year difference in their ages with Earp being born in 1848 and Masterson in 1853, so by 1874 Earp was 26 and Masterson 21. The actors were 9 years apart in age, with Hugh O'Brian being born in 1925 and Mason Alan Dinehart being born in 1936, which made them ages 30 and 21 as of 1955. See more »
Though the war ended in 1865, there were still sections of the land where passions were still flaming in '74. Wyatt Earp, as Marshal of Ellsworth, Kansas, finds himself embroiled with cowmen who still hold strong, strong views about that war.
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THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF Wyatt Earp "Wyatt Earp Meets General Lee" 1955 This is episode four of the 1955-1961 western series starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.
Marshal Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian) is called to the office of the Ellsworth, Kansas, Judge, Richard Travis. He introduces O'Brian to Dodge City newspaperman, Don Haggerty. Haggerty has a job offer for him. Dodge City would like O'Brian to join the local Sheriff's office. More pay etc is offered. O'Brian says he will need to think the matter over.
Just then, O'Brian someone hears yelling for the law to come a running. It seems there is a full-scale brawl going on at the saloon. One of the problems of being a cattle-town is, cow-punchers letting off steam. Here, is turns out to be a bunch of Texas boys at it. They are all ex- Confederate soldiers who took a dislike to a few Yankee types in the bar.
O'Brian rounds up the offenders and slaps them in jail. The damages to the bar add up to $1500. Judge Travis charges the men that amount in fines. Then back in the cells they go. Later that afternoon, the boss of the Texicans comes calling. The man, Steve Darrell, demands the fines be dropped and his men released. O'Brian responds with a not likely comment.
A furious Darrell says there will be hell to pay now. He tells O'Brian that he will return and burn the town to the ground. He then returns to his camp. O'Brian though, has a plan to deal with Darrell.
The next morning, Darrell rides in with a dozen or so armed men. Meeting him, is O'Brian, who is standing alone in the street. Behind him is a picture of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Stretched across the street is a banner wishing Lee a "Happy Birthday". Being a good southern gentleman, Darrell figures that maybe he is over-reacting a tad. He makes peace with O'Brian, pays the fines and takes his men with him.
O'Brian decides that he will take the job in Dodge City after all. The railhead is moving there and Ellsworth will just become a quiet little burg.
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