The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 6, Episode 23

The Good Mule and the Bad Mule (14 Mar. 1961)

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A lie told by a young boy about Shotgun's mule Roscoe kicking him causes a newspaper war between the Nugget and the Epitaph which escalates. Shotgun takes things too far when the Nugget pushes to have Roscoe destroyed for being dangerous.


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Episode credited cast:
Shotgun Gibbs
Damian O'Flynn ...
Stacy Harris ...
Mayor John Clum
William Mims ...
Stephen Wootton ...
Ollie Burton
Zack Burton (as Daniel White)
Clancy Cooper ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trevor Bardette ...
Old Man Clanton (archive footage)
Leonard P. Geer ...
Clanton Cowboy (archive footage)
Lash La Rue ...
Sheriff Johnny Behan (archive footage)


A mule Jake is too much for the miners to handle and considered dangerous. A small boy Ollie Burton who works at the mine offers to buy the mule for two dollars. The owner warns the boy the mule is dangerous but the boy persists. He takes the mule to the stable to a stall next to Shotgun's mule Roscoe. Ollie believes his dad will be proud of him for making a profit on the mule. He starts cleaning Jake by brushing him. As he works on his tail, Jake kicks Ollie, pulls loose, and runs off. Jake lying on the ground with a broken leg crawls behind Roscoe and yells for help. He tells everyone that Roscoe kicked him. The Nugget editor Dameron hearing the story decides it is a chance to get Shotgun who likes to intimidate Dameron. The story creates a furor and gives the Epitaph editor Clum a reason to attack Dameron. The story escalates with Dameron eventually saying Roscoe should be destroyed. Earp learns Ollie bought Jake who returned to the mine and was resold. When Ollie's father returns ... Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] There were two newspapers in Tombstone. Mayor John P. Clum's paper supported Wyatt Earp. But the Nugget in the frontier days of 1881 was controlled by Wyatt's enemies - the Ten Percent Ring, Sheriff Behan, and the Clanton outlaws, who used the paper to discredit Wyatt Earp.
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