Several men in the town including Ed Beatty tease the brash eighteen year old Jimmy Craig as he rides into Dodge City on a mule with no saddle but a pistol on his hip. Hot-headed Jimmy challenges the unarmed Beatty but before things get out of hand Earp ends the gathering and takes Jimmy to his office. Jimmy has come from his dad's farm at Wichita to be a deputy for Earp. He tells Earp he is good with a gun but Earp tries to impress on him being a deputy requires more than a fast gun including maturity. Jimmy refuses to listen but Earp indulges him by going outside the city to see his shooting ability which is considerable. Instead of leaving town Jimmy returns to challenge Beatty. Earp is in time to buffalo (knock him out with his gun) and arrest Jimmy. Earp sends a wire to his father for help but his father arrives to support Jimmy. However, when Earp releases Jimmy to his father, Jimmy again challenges Beatty killing him in a fair fight. Earp has to arrest Jimmy and is forced to ... Written by
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The mule rode by the character of Jimmy Craig in thus episode has the same stripped legs as Roscoe. Roscoe was the mule later rode by Wyatt's deputy Gibbs. See more
Before Wyatt Earp had been marshal of Dodge City for very long, his fame had spread throughout the West. But fame, as Wyatt found out, is a coin with two sides. It is both reward and a punishment. It bring trouble and carries responsibility. It was Wyatt Earp's fame that brought the boy Jimmy Craig to Dodge City.
The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers See more