The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 1, Episode 19

The Assassins (10 Jan. 1956)

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Earp kicks a crooked gambler out of Wichita so three saloon owners decide they are tired of the pressure. They decide to hire two gunmen to assassinate Earp but he gets wind of the plot. Earp brings in some special outside help to stop it.

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Lewis Martin ...
James Brandywine
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Marsh Murdock
Ray Montgomery ...
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Earp kicks Max Wiley out of Wichita for crooked gambling in James Brandywine's saloon. Saloon owner's Brandywine, Plummer, and Collins are all tired of Earp's crackdown on crooked gambling and the impact on their profits. They decide Collins will go to Dodge to hire two outside gunmen to take out Earp for $1500 which is a high price. Murdock hears about the plot from an outlaw friend and warns Earp. Murdock suggests protection for Earp but Earp realizes that will prevent him from being effective in his job. Two men who appear to be rather mean gunmen arrive in Brandywine's saloon looking for him and half the money for taking out Earp. He and Plummer pay the men who say one will shoot Earp from a window. Earp goes into the street to meet the gunman reported by a resident. As they approach each other nothing happens until both burst out laughing. The men are Earp's brothers Virgil and Morgan. They arrest Brandywine and Plummer then await Collins who arrives with two real gunmen who are ... Written by Anonymous

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The Earp brothers arrive
9 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF Wyatt Earp – Assassins - 1956

This is episode 19 of the 1955-1961 western series that starred Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.

Wyatt Earp, (Hugh O'Brian) the town Sheriff in Wichita Kansas is getting the gambling hall owners upset. He keeps kicking their best card sharps out of town and insists they all run clean games. This off course hurts the bottom line.

Three of the saloon owners, Lewis Martin, Larry Blake and G. Pat Collins get together and decide to cut Sheriff O'Brian down to size. They send Collins off to Abilene with $1500 to hire a couple of gunmen to do the job.

Town newspaper man, Don Haggerty, hears of the plot and lets O'Brian in on the scheme. O'Brian sends off a wire calling on his two brothers, Virgil (Ray Montgomery) and Morgan (Ray Boyle) to come a running. The two, ride into town dressed to the nines looking and acting like hired guns.

Saloon owners Martin and Blake figure these are the men Collins hired. Martin gives them instructions on how to bushwhack and kill Sheriff O'Brian. They also fork over $750 of the payment with the rest due after O'Brian is ventilated.

Montgomery and Boyle instead arrest Martin and Blake for attempted murder. They then wait for Collins and the real killers to show. The next day, Collins and his hired guns, Harry Lauter and Sheb Wolley are gobbled up as they arrive in town.

This is another quick and to the point episode of this long running (227 episode) series. The direction was by long time b-film helmsman, Frank McDonald.


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