The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 1, Episode 12

The Big Baby Contest (22 Nov. 1955)

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Earp is pushed into being chairman of the Wichita baby contest run by the local women. When a broke, hungry woman with a baby arrives in Wichita, the doctor and Earp enter her in the contest but find a hidden rule may ruin their plans.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jill Richards ...
Jenny Smith
Pat Smith (as Touch Conners)
Don Haggerty ...
Marsh Murdock
Doc Fabrique
Ella Ethridge ...
Mrs. Edna Beiler
Helen Van Tuyl ...
Mrs. Ruth Pelby (as Hellen Van Tuyl)


Two leading women of Wichita want Earp to be chairman of their baby contest. Initially he declines but when he learns about the gambling involved with it, he decides to take on the role. The saloons are forcing all winners to donate ten percent of their winnings to vote for a baby as each vote costs 25 cents and the winner of the contest receives $200. Earp is forced to arrest a man for wearing a gun who wants his 10 percent back as he is broke. However, the man escapes when Earp is distracted by some drunk cowboys. He then finds a hungry woman on the street with a sick baby looking for a doctor. Earp takes them to the doctor. The baby will be okay but the mother is hungry, tired, and broke. The doctor and Earp decide to enter her in the baby contest to win the $200. However, they learn the odds given on the baby winning in one saloon indicate the baby will lose even though she is getting the most votes. An inspection of the rules indicates the father and mother must be present to win... Written by Anonymous

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4 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is episode 12 of the 1955-1961 western series that starred Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.

Wyatt Earp finds himself involved with a baby beauty contest. The local gambling halls are even trying to put the fix in on this harmless event.

Complicating matters is a moneyless mother and her sick child. O'Brian has the local doc, Douglas Fowley, take care of the baby on him. He also arranges for the child to be entered in the baby contest. There is a 200 dollar prize which would help take care of the mother and child.

Also in the mix is Mike Connors as the child's father. He is wanted by the Law for violating the town's no guns law.

Needless to say all turns out well.

A rather weak episode of what has been to this point, a stand up action series.

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