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Hour of the Gun (1967)

Approved | | Western | 1967 (UK)
Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Edward Anhalt
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Wyatt Earp
Jason Robards ... Doc Holliday
Robert Ryan ... Ike Clanton
Albert Salmi ... Octavius Roy
Charles Aidman ... Horace Sullivan
Steve Ihnat ... Andy Warshaw
Michael Tolan ... Pete Spence
William Windom ... Texas Jack Vermillion
Lonny Chapman ... Turkey Creek Johnson
Larry Gates ... John P. Clum
William Schallert ... Herman Spicer
Bill Fletcher ... Jimmy Bryan
Karl Swenson ... Dr. Charles Goodfellow
Austin Willis ... Anson Safford
Monte Markham ... Sherman McMasters
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Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

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He lived through the gunfight at the O.K. Corral ...that may have been a mistake! See more »

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Western

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Sheriff Jimmy Bryan is based on the notoriously corrupt County Sheriff John "'Johnn"' Behan, a former lover of Wyatt's future wife Josephine (Josie). The reason for the name change is unclear. See more »

Goofs

When Wyatt Earp shoots Ike Clanton, the latter flies backwards with considerable force. If you look closely, you can see the wire extending from him to the junction of the walls behind him; obviously a machine was used with a harness and wire to jerk him so quickly that he literally flies off his feet. The wire even reflects sunlight after the initial jerk. See more »

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[first lines]
[The Earps and Doc Holliday approach the O.K. Corral]
Wyatt Earp (Tombstone city marshal: Ike Clanton, Andy Warshaw, Latigo, Curly Joe Brocious... Who's in the corral, Virg?
Marshal Virgil Earp: Billy Clanton and the McLowerys.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THIS PICTURE IS BASED ON FACT. THIS IS THE WAY IT HAPPENED.

TOMBSTONE, TERRITORY OF ARIZONA OCTOBER 26, 1881 See more »

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Version of Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942) See more »

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One of the best tellings of the Earp-Clanton feud
15 May 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The story of the showdown between the brothers Earp and the Clanton gang is certainly as much a part of American mythology as the Puritans on the first Thanksgiving or Lincoln at Gettysburg. Hollywood certainly loves to tell the tale over and over again. In fact this is director John Sturges's second telling.

The Gunfight at the OK Corral done in 1956 by this director had as the climax the famous gunfight. Here in Hour of the Gun, Sturges starts his story with the gunfight and the results afterward.

Ike Clanton played by Robert Ryan in his usual grim fashion is not about to let Wyatt Earp triumph after killing some of his gang and his kin. He sets in motion a series of events that bring tragedy on the Earp family and a sinister turn in the character of Wyatt Earp.

The usual lackadaisical and quizzical James Garner is also pretty grim in this picture. He's throwing away the law he's sworn to uphold and the set of moral rules he lives by. And it's tearing away his character which is something Doc Holiday is deeply concerned with.

James Garner ranks right up there with all the fine actors like Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, Randolph Scott, Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell who have played Earp. James Garner never turned a bad performance in on the screen and he even got to play Wyatt Earp again in Sunset for Blake Edwards.

And Jason Robards, Jr. goes every step of the way with Garner as Doc Holiday. Holiday is the usual cynical alcoholic who's a jaded idealist and recognizes Earp as the real deal hero. His concern for Earp's character disintegration registers well in his performance.

Watch for a young Jon Voight, pre-Midnight Cowboy, as Curly Bill Brocius, a Clanton gang member.

This is a real western classic. And except for Hugh O'Brian's television series, the most accurate portrayal of the OK Corral events.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Law and Tombstone See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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