Bennett hires a gunman to shoot Earp who brags he has faced down Earp before. However, Earp doesn't know him so he suspects there is more to the gunman's story. After trying to determine who the gunman is, Earp decides he must face him.
Murdock takes Earp to a local tailor to have him dressed in a manner more befitting the Wichita Marshal. However, the clothes and especially the long coat have Earp wondering if he is dressed now to die. At the same time Dave Bennett decides to hire the gunman Buff Yancy to kill Earp for $1,000. Bennett wants revenge for the disbanding of the Citizen's Committee and interfering with his crooked operation. Yancy makes it public he has met Earp but Earp has no clue as to who he is. He uses his deputies and the resources of Murdock's newspaper to research Yancy. They suspect he is a man from Arkansas who may have deserted from the Army. With the cowboys getting out of hand due to his absence, Earp decides to put dead cartridges in Yancy's guns which are in his hotel room. Earp confronts Yancy who is too slow but still tries to shoot Earp. Earp explains to Yancy he has proven his bravery going against Earp. Yancy returns Bennett's money and tells everyone to pay respect to Earp after ... Written by
THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF Wyatt Earp The Man Who Lied 1955
This is episode six of the 1955-1961 western series starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.
In this one, crooked businessman, House Peters Jr is still annoyed with the new Wichita Marshall, Hugh O'Brian. He hires a gunman, Richie Vallin, to gun down O'Brian. Vallin agrees to do the deed for $1000. The money is paid and the play is set in motion.
Vallin calls out O'Briao but the Marshal refuses to play along. He can tell that Vallin is not really a top gunman. O'Brian wants to know why Vallin is so hot to be killed. He has the town newsman, Don Haggerty check around to see if anyone knows Vallin.
He soon discovers that Vallin is a deserter from the Army. The man feels so bad about the act that he now wants to prove his bravery. O'Brian manages to switch the bullets in Vallin's pistols for duds while Vallin is out of his hotel room. O'Brian now approaches Vallin and says it is time to settle the matter.
After Vallin straps on his guns he goes for a quick draw. O'Brian clears leather first and beats Vallin by a mile. He does not fire though. He points out that Vallin has now proved he is no coward and there is no need for him to die. Vallin sees the light and tells O'Brian about Peters and the $1000 Vallin received to kill O'Brian. O'Brian files this away for future use.
After a rip roaring first four episodes to the series the last two have been a tad weak. Having said that, these are still entertaining examples of television from almost 60 years ago, and well worth a look for the western fan.
The director, Frank MacDonald, helmed over 100 feature films as well as several hundred television episodes. (b/w)
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