Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (e.g., Doc is killed by Curley before the actual battle and Earp must do the job alone).
Gunfighter "Brazos" Kane lays aside his guns "forever" when he is forced to shoot his best friend, and decides to join another friend, Bob Tyrell, as a cowhand on the Inskip ranch. Upon arriving there he finds the bullet-riddled body of his friend. He carries the body to the Banner ranch, the largest in the territory, and is accused by Banner of murdering Tyrell; Banner orders Deputy Sheriff Bill Yount, who is in Banner's pay, to arrest Kane. But Kane has the sympathy of Banner's daughter, Jane, who notifies Inskip of Kane's plight, and Inskip arrives in time to prevent a lynching. Sheriff Kiscade dismisses the murder charge for lack of evidence. Brazos then sets out to find the killer of his friend. Bess Bannister, Jane's sister, is in love with the Banner ranch foreman, Bard Macky, and knowing that Bard killed Tyrell and that Kane will track him down, then hampers Kane's mission somewhat by pretending to be in love with him.Written by
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This movie comes from a Zane Grey novel: Twin Sombreros
I like westerns and I like Randolph Scot, but this movie really went astray in following the original novel's plot. No wonder writers hated (and still do) the Hollywood studios and the management of those enterprises.
Although this movie was well done, the name change to the Gunfighters, was the first in a series of disappointments of this film. The plot line wanders well away from the novel; even the heavy drawl of Brazos Keene, is toned way down from the original to the "cleaned up" Randolph Scot version.
I have generally preferred the original story in Zane Grey's novels to the movies' Hollywood versions.
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