The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 2, Episode 3

Fight or Run (11 Sep. 1956)

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The Big T outfit is angry with Earp's attempt to tame Dodge City so they decide to ambush him with the help of Jim Kelley. Earp is pushing for four new laws to control the town and he needs Kelley's vote to break the tie on them.


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Episode cast overview:
Jim 'Dog' Kelley
Selmer Jackson ...
Mayor Hoover
Russ Bender ...
Deacon (as Russell Bender)
Joseph Waring ...
William Tannen ...
Deputy Hal Norton


The men of the Big T are furious with Earp for forcing them to recapture their cattle when he dynamited the cow pens. Jim Kelley is unsure as usual on who to side with in the fight between Earp and the Big T as well as the vote on four new laws Earp wants to control Dodge City. The vote on them is tied at the city council with the missing Kelley the tie breaker. Kelley receives word the Big T men are planning an attack on Dodge and Earp. He closes his saloon and prepares the front for an invasion but the Big T men enter from the rear taking Kelley. They tell him to draw Earp to the alley at night where they plan to ambush him. Kelley as usual cannot make up his mind but finally has the Deacon tell Earp the plan. Earp decides to confront the Big T men as they hoped but is able to take their leader while wounding some of the men breaking up the ambush. He tells them they are not welcome back in Dodge City while Kelley casts the deciding vote on the new laws. Written by Anonymous

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The other episodes list Jim Kelley as "Dog" Kelly or Jim "Dog" Kelly. However, in this episode the sign on his saloon spells his name as Kelley so the extra "e" is added. See more »


Narrator: Wyatt Earp, the new Marshal of Dodge City, was trying to civilize the toughest town on the Western frontier. The hoodlums of Dodge knew that Earp had tamed Ellsworth and Wichita, but these were little cow towns compared to Dodge City, the cowhand capital. Marshal Earp had to start all over again and in the face of opposition which had run several peace officers out of Dodge. This Gomorrah of the Plains offered Wyatt Earp a hard choice: fight or run. And if he was to fight it out, Wyatt needed ...
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The Legend of Wyatt Earp
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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