For my Brother Richard
Song: “Gunfight at the OK Corral” by Frankie Laine
Used very effectively throughout the movie. Note the powerful use of whistling
- echoed so many years later in Sergio Leones Dollars Trilogy.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral – Official Trailer
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) — (Movie Clip) No Women Gambling
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957) — (Movie Clip) I Like Your Cut
One of the finest and most memorable westerns of the fifties is GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL! A splendid Vista Vision Technicolor presentation based around the famous shootout that took place in Tombstone Arizona on the 26th October 1881. Produced by Hal Wallis for Paramount Pictures in 1957 it was masterfully directed by John Sturges and mightily cast with Burt Lancaster as the great frontier lawman Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday. The combination of these two heavyweight stars playing the leads plus the movie’s catchy fire cracker title assured the picture’s box office success. From an excellent screenplay by Leon Uris it was stylishly complimented by the brilliant and glowing cinematography of Charles B. Lang together with Dimitri Tiomkin’s rollicking score including the clever vocal sung by Frankie Laine which operatically guided us through the narrative.
“Boot hill Boot hill,
so cold so still.
There they lay side by side,
the killers that died,
in the gunfight at ok corral“
Lyrics: Gunfight at the OK Corral
– by Frankie Laine.
“Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a confident entertainment that sums up everything good
about the big-scale commercial oater of the time …”
There was no law in Tombstone against having too many posters
The Cast of ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’:
Burt Lancaster … Marshal Wyatt Earp
Kirk Douglas … Doc Holliday
Rhonda Fleming … Laura Denbow
Jo Van Fleet … Kate Fisher
John Ireland … Johnny Ringo
Lyle Bettger … Ike Clanton
Earl Holliman … Deputy Sheriff Charlie Bassett
Dennis Hopper … Billy Clanton
John Hudson … Virgil Earp
DeForest Kelley … Morgan Earp
Martin Milner … James ‘Jimmy’ Earp
Lee Van Cleef … Ed Bailey
“I never lose. You see, poker’s played by desperate men who cherish money.
I don’t lose because I have nothing to lose, including my life.” - Doc Holliday
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database
Earp Family Website:
From AMC Blog – The Ten Faces of Wyatt Earp
“Doc Holliday, who had saved Wyatt Earp’s life at one time and was a very close friend, had been living in Prescott, Arizona and making a living as a gambler … In late September, 1880, he followed the Earps to Tombstone. He had a reputation as a gunman, and had been in eight shootouts during his life, although it has only been verified that he killed two men.”
Earp’s doing ‘The Walk’
‘The Wild Bunch’ … doing ‘the Walk’?
Poster BASED upon Tombstone Gun Law 1880
$”250 Fine” !!! That’s pretty steep. In 1880 this was more money than many folks made in a year!
The Actual No-Carry Gun Law: Passed in 1977, Section 5-5-1 of the (Tombstone) city code:
The statute states: ”It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person other than a peace officer in the course of his official duties, to carry any deadly weapon concealed or otherwise within the limits of the city.”
”Awful quiet. Too quiet.”
“Boot Hill” refers to the number of men who died with their boots on. Among a number of pioneer Boot Hill cemeteries in the
Old West, Boot Hill in Tombstone is among the most well-known … approximately 300 people buried there.”
The Earps and the McCoys?
The real McCoy – Deforest Kelley (Center)
Spectre of the Gun (25 Oct. 1968)
An (original) TV Star Trek did an episode called Spectre of the Gun (1968) revolved around the gunfight at OK Corral. The kicker was that Deforest Kelley (Dr. McCoy of Star Trek) had played Morgan Earp in the original movie Gunfight at the OK Corral.