Wounded bank robber Clem Parker and his girl Bonnie Dawson want no part of Tarp Anders' brash gang of thieves, but Wyatt isn't sure whether to believe Bonnie's story that the Anders gang plans to rob the Union Bank without Parker.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Damian O'Flynn ...
Doc Fabrique
Clem Parker
Rita Lynn ...
Bonnie Dawson
Tarp Anders


The wounded bank robber Clem Parker and his girlfriend Bonnie Dawson make a split with stagecoach robber Tarp Anders and his gang. Parker wants to go straight and has a low opinion of Tarp and his men. Parker's leg is attended to by Doc Fabrique in Wichita who reports it to Earp. Parker is not wanted in Kansas but Tarp is. Earp visits Parker and Dawson at the hotel where Parker is recovering. They tell Earp they have no intentions of causing trouble but before Earp leaves a bank teller tells Earp a stranger is hanging around the Union Bank. Earp confronts the man who is Tarp as Bonnie watches. After Earp throws Tarp out of Wichita, Bonnie tells him the truth but Earp doesn't trust them that they are done. Bonnie agrees to find out which bank Tarp plans to rob. Parker wants to let Earp take Tarp out so he will be gone. Bonnie passes a plan to Tarp to rob the Union bank and reports it to Earp but he is concerned Tarp will hit the other bank. Tarp's gang hits the Union Bank as Bonnie ... Written by Anonymous

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8 November 1955 (USA)  »

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About five minutes into the episode, when Wyatt is visiting Dr. Fabirque, you can see the shadow of the boom mic moving around in the background on the window shade. See more »


Narrator: In the year 1975, bank robbery was the most profitable of crimes and it attracted the elite of Western criminals. They ranked themselves with Quantrill, the James Boys, and the Youngers. A few of them were just as shrewd and deadly as Cole Younger or Jesse James.
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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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THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF Wyatt Earp – Bank Robbers - 1955

This is episode ten of the 1955-1961 western series starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.

Bank hold gang led by Robert Lowery and Rita Lynn are holed up outside of Wichita. Lowery is doing poorly as he suffers from a bad gunshot wound to his leg. He decides to break up the gang. Just his girl, Lynn, and himself, will ride into Wichita. There are no warrants out in Kansas so the law should leave him alone.

They grab a hotel room and call the doc, Douglas Fowley. Fowley fixes up the wound and tells him to rest for week. Fowley reports the gunshot wound to town Marshal, Wyatt Earp. Earp (Hugh O'Brian) pays a visit to Lowery and Lynn. As long as they behave themselves, the law will leave them alone.

The next day the other members of the gang ride into town. They figure to pull a holdup no matter what ex-leader Lowery had said. Lowery informs O'Brian that he best be alert. His old gang is not here to take in the sights. Lowery is sick of the life wants to retire. O"Brian of course does not believe him, and assumes if a hold up is coming, Lowery planned it.

The still bedridden Lowery sends the handy with a pistol, Lynn, to try and talk sense into O'Brian. Just then the gang strikes, Lynn draws fast and shoots the gunman preparing to back shoot O'Brian. O'Brian does not need to be told twice and rallies the deputies and runs to the bank. Numerous rounds are exchanged in a less than friendly manner. Most of the hold-up bunch are soon wounded, or chewing dirt. The only one to get away is Leonard Penn. He is blasted out of his saddle by Lowery as he gallops past his hotel window.

An excellent episode that had the writing talents of Frank Gruber to thank for it's better than average pace and story. Gruber worked on the novels, stories or screenplays of, NORTHERN PURSUIT, THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS, JOHNNY ANGEL, TERROR BY NIGHT, FIGHTING MAN OF THE PLAINS, THE CARIBOO TRAIL, THE Texas RANGERS, WARPATH, SILVER CITY, PONY EXPRESS, RAGE AT DAWN, BACKLASH, TENSION AT TABLE ROCK and THE BIG LAND. (b/w)

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