The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 1, Episode 32

The War of the Colonels (10 Apr. 1956)

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Two ranchers have started a range war that is spilling into Wichita where innocent people could be killed. The granddaughter of one is involved plus she takes an interest in Earp. He is more concerned with a way to stop the war in Wichita.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Pamela Duncan ...
Mary Ellen Fentress
Forrest Taylor ...
Col. Fentress
Stanley Andrews ...
Col. Jack Wade
Harry Harvey ...
John H. Brodus
Ray Kellogg ...
Deputy Ollie


Col. Prentress and Col. Wade are two ranchers in Kansas with a long simmering feud between them that is turning into a range war. The feud is over a disagreement between the two from a Civil War battle. Now it is spilling into Wichita as members of both ranches come there. Earp and his deputies are busy breaking up fights between hands from the two ranches. In a fight the Wade men are dominating, Mary Ellen Prentress tries to help her grandfather's men but Earp puts her in her place telling her she should act like a lady and is spoiled. Earp has resorted to arresting the men from both ranches along with the two Colonels when they arrive in town armed. Two of their men shoot it out with one dead and the other permanently crippled. Col. Prentress wires the governor who orders everyone released. Against orders, Earp takes Wade and Prentress to a barn where he has the two of them shoot it out inside. Mary Ellen arrives as the shots ring out. When the shooting is over, the doors open with ... Written by Anonymous

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Narrator: On the Western frontier of 1875, a tragic phase of lawlessness was the range war. A range war started when two owners of large cattle outfits had a personal dispute. Then it spread to cowhand retainers of the cattle barons with professional gunfighters hired by both sides, making the war hot and deadly. Thus, when the Fentresses and the Wades invaded Wichita, Marshal Wyatt Earp had no choice. He must break up the fight or the city streets would become their battleground, and every citizen might...
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