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
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It is said in Burt Lancaster's biography that he and Director John Sturges had open arguments on the set about the details concerning Earp's character. See more »
When the OK corral fight commenced, one of the Earp brothers fires a shotgun at the wagon the Clanton gang is in. Ike yells "shotgun" and they duck. The pellets from the shotgun blast are clearly scene hitting the canvas on the wagon forming a large circle with the many different pellet holes. Two scenes later when they return to the same canvas all the pellet holes are gone. See more »
Many commentators on this movie decry is lack of historical accuracy. Undoubtedly they are right about the inaccuracy, but I see that as beside the point. Hollywood has never been known for that particular faculty--it's in the drama and entertainment business. As John Ford said, "When truth becomes legend, print the legend!"
When I first saw this film in Syracuse, New York, when it first appeared, I was 12 years old. It became a favorite, and can still compete with other activities when I run across it on TV. Its fine score and excellent production values--color, sets, costumes, effects--are met by a a deep bench of lead and character actors that inhabited 50's Hollywood movies and TV.
Lancaster and Douglas both bring their full-throated intensity to their parts; Rhonda Fleming is hauntingly beautiful; Lyle Bettger gets by with the grasping, selfish evil he could project so well. Other characters, like Frank Faylen, Ted DeCorsia, John Ireland, Martin Milner, infest the Old West the way their counterparts Walter Brennan, Alan Mowbray, and co. did in "My Darling Clementine."
Fade out with Frankie Laine: "WY-att Earp, they say, save Doc HOLL-iday . .."
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