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Frontier Marshal (1939)

Approved | | Western | 28 July 1939 (USA)
Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.


Allan Dwan


Sam Hellman (screen play), Stuart N. Lake (based on a book by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Wyatt Earp
Nancy Kelly ... Sarah Allen
Cesar Romero ... Doc Halliday
Binnie Barnes ... Jerry
John Carradine ... Ben Carter
Edward Norris ... Dan Blackmore
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy
Ward Bond ... Town Marshal
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pringle
Chris-Pin Martin ... Pete
Joe Sawyer ... Curley Bill
Dell Henderson ... Dave Hall (as Del Henderson)
Harry Hayden Harry Hayden ... Mayor Henderson
Ventura Ybarra Ventura Ybarra ... Pablo
Charles Stevens ... Indian Charlie


Early low budget version of the famous Gunfight at OK Corral with Scott as Wyatt Earp and Romero as Doc Holiday. Remade by John Ford as "My Darling Clementine" in 1946 and by John Sturges as "Gunfight at OK Corral" in 1957 Written by <jbsports@li.net>

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Allan Dwan received carte blanche from producer Daryl Zanuck to use and old lot to build a western street for cheap. See more »


The film is set in the period from 1877 to 1880, but three of the songs sung were published in the late 1880s. See more »


[Three cowboys took Erp out of town and beat him up. He returned and accepted the Mayor's offer to become the Marshal. Erp then found the cowboys and was escorting them out of the saloon at gunpoint when the Mayor appears in the doorway holding a shotgun]
Mayor Henderson: What's up?
Wyatt Earp: I've got a little business with these boys out on the mesa.
Mayor Henderson: Oh I see. You think you better take the guns from them?
Wyatt Earp: Nop, I'd just as soon they'd try to use them.
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Version of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
Sung by Margaret Brayton a cappella
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My Darling Clementine Was a Remake of This Movie
6 January 2004 | by mshields18See all my reviews

This was the movie which John Ford remade as his classic My Darling Clementine. Here, Randolph Scott plays Wyatt Earp and Caesar Romero plays Doc Holiday, but there are no Clantons or Earp brothers. Instead, John Carradine plays a bad saloon owner heading a gang that is trying to take over Tombstone.

Of course, this movie can't directly compare to My Darling Clementine, but it's a pretty good western in its own right. Its one of Randolph Scott's better early roles.

Many of the classic scenes in My Darling Clementine were taken directly from this movie, and it's very interesting to compare the two. This version of Frontier Marshal was a remake of an earlier 1933 version, and, of course, this story has been told many times since.

The Maltin Guide gives it three stars. Check it out if you're a western fan, or just a fan of My Darling Clementine.

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Release Date:

28 July 1939 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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