Bat's brother Ed has gone broke running a hardware store so he comes to Dodge City hoping to find a job there as a sheriff's deputy with Bat. Bat doesn't believe Ed has the hard-edged aptitude needed to be a deputy in a rough place like Dodge City so he tells Ed it wouldn't be proper. However, Earp is willing to give Ed a try as city deputy as he questions Bat's beliefs. Bat is in the midst of a battle with Jack Wagner and Alf Walker over a lawsuit against them to take the Lone Star Saloon. Wagner hires a young kid gunslinger to kill Ed to frame Bat. The Kid confronts Ed in the hotel but Ed knocks him out while only receiving a grazing wound. Earp finds Ed hasn't disarmed The Kid and realizes Bat is right that Ed doesn't have the hard-nosed discipline to be a deputy. Bat learns Wagner paid The Kid $200 to kill Ed and tells Earp and Ed. Later Ed runs into Wagner and Walker in the street with their guns. Ed tries to talk them down but they fire killing Ed as Bat fires on them killing ... Written by
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The story is based on the true story of Ed Masterson being shot and killed by cowboy Jack Wagner while trying to disarm Wagner. Jack Wagner died and Alf Walker his boss was wounded by Bat or Ed Masterson in the gunfight. See more
The deadly business of gun fighting has never know a more enabling exponent than Marshal Wyatt Earp. In Ellsworth and Wichita, Dodge City and Tombstone, Wyatt was forced into more than a hundred gun battles. But it was his shrewd understanding of men which made him the master of so many hoodlums and outlaws. Wyatt's ability to judge the precise moment a bad man had determined to go for his gun was more important than his ability to draw faster. Wyatt had taught Bat Masterson ...