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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Western | 30 May 1957 (USA)
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Leon Uris (screenplay), George Scullin (suggested by an article by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Wyatt Earp
Kirk Douglas ... Doc Holliday
Rhonda Fleming ... Laura Denbow
Jo Van Fleet ... Kate Fisher
John Ireland ... Johnny Ringo
Lyle Bettger ... Ike Clanton
Frank Faylen ... Cotton Wilson
Earl Holliman ... Charles Bassett
Ted de Corsia ... Shanghai Pierce (as Ted DeCorsia)
Dennis Hopper ... Billy Clanton
Whit Bissell ... John P. Clum
George Mathews ... John Shanssey
John Hudson ... Virgil Earp
DeForest Kelley ... Morgan Earp
Martin Milner ... James Earp
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Storyline

After a long career as a lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp decides to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in a feud with the Clantons, a local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, a terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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The Wildest Gunfight in the History of the West ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,750,000
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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last film acting role of Don Castle, who played a drunken cowboy. In an earlier version of the O.K. Corral story, Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942), he played Johnny Duane. See more »

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When Doc and Wyatt ride into Tombstone there are saguaro cactus all over the place but they don't grow at that elevation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Shanssey: [lighting a cigar as Ed and his gangmen enter the saloon] Hello Ed.
Ed Bailey: Where's Doc Holiday?
John Shanssey: Over at the hotel more than likely. He's been expecting you...
Ed Bailey: Get word over there I'm waitin' for him.
John Shanssey: No need to do that Ed, the whole town knows you're waitin' for him by now. Before there's another killing...
Ed Bailey: You just go on servin' your watered down liquor, and keep outta my business Shanssey.
John Shanssey: Your brother came in here stinkin' drunk spoilin' for a fight; he drew a gun on Holiday.
Ed Bailey: [...]
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Salad Days (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Varsovienne (Varsoviana)
(1950) (uncredited)
from The Furies (1950)
Traditional
Arranged by Leo Shuken
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Some great names but a little stilted and fragmented
10 February 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)

This has the makings of a classic, and of course the story is one of the great ture legends of the Wild West. Burt Lancaster as the tough and unbending lawman and Kirk Douglas as the unpredictable semi-lawless cad are both great, and the best scenes are probably those with the two of them. The rest of the cast is reasonable, some of them really good, though maybe the all important bad guys lacked some kind of wild evil they might have needed (a Lee Marvin intensity). One of the bad guys, Johnny Ringo, is played by a nice guy actor, John Ireland, even though Ringo was never part of thie OK Corral story. It does have a young Dennis Hopper, which is fun to see (and Hopper hailed from Dodge City itself in real life).

Still, it looked like it would really be equivalent to "Rio Bravo" and others from the same time period.

Not so, not for me. And it's simply because of that whole range of different things that add up in a great movie and slip and slither in a decent one. For example, there are a number of interludes with horses walking through the big landscape and the corny theme song is sung through a new verse. I can't believe this was effective even at the time (music from 1957 in general wasn't so corny and fakey, including country music), but now it deadened the flow. Likewise the series of events didn't always seem to lead one to the next in a compelling way, as the interludes allowed a shift in location and sometimes a whole new situation to develop.

One problem (if this is a problem) is that it's based on facts. I think this made the movie makers add information and keep switching towns simply because it was the way it was and they thought they must. Maybe they did. Oddly, they got lots of the essentials wrong that might actually make a better movie if someone wants to take another crack at it (quick details at wikipedia). The final famous shootout is fun and well done but way too obvious with the good guys always getting their target and the bad guys missing, or hitting a leg.

So why the reputation? It isn't bad, and it is always compelling to see Douglas in particular in almost any film. The filming (by Charles Lang, one of the greats) is first rate, and so just watching, whatever the scene, is enjoyable.


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