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Wyatt Earp Becomes a Marshal 

Initially resistant to becoming a lawman, Wyatt Earp has a change of heart after seeing the sheriff of Ellsworth, Kansas murdered in cold blood by the inebriated brother of town scourge Ben Thompson.


Lewis R. Foster


Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story and teleplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp
Mason Alan Dinehart ... Bat Masterson (as Mason Alan Dinehart III)
Richard Travis ... Mayor Vic Miller
Denver Pyle ... Ben Thompson
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... Judge Osbourne
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Sheriff Whitney
Arthur Space ... Al Beebe
Hal Baylor ... Bill Thompson
Don C. Harvey ... George Beshar
Robert Spencer Robert Spencer ... Worried Townsman
Dabbs Greer ... Marshal Crawford
Phil Chambers ... Pete Morgan


Wyatt Earp has been buffalo hunting and wants to settle down on a cattle ranch but has been asked by the elderly Sheriff Whitney to take his job as Sheriff of Ellsworth, Kansas. Earp bails young Bat Masterson out of jail, recovers the money he lost in a crooked card game, and runs the crooks out of town but refuses to take the Sheriff job. However, when drunk Bill Thompson kills the sheriff in cold blood Earp tries the job but a crooked judge puts him and Bat in jail. The editor of the local paper forces the judge and new crooked sheriff to resign when he threatens to tell the Governor what they are doing. Earp is then forced to gun down three of the Thompson men and decides to take the sheriff job after all. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 September 1955 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Wyatt Earp Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode that the title song, Life & Legend Of Wyatt Earp Theme, is sung differently to the others. Different wording and a lot longer. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is the beginning of the story of Wyatt Earp, the greatest of the all-fighting Peace Officers - a real Western hero. So great was his character and so complete his skill of living with danger that he became a legend in his own lifetime. In the hard world of the Western frontier, with all its bad men and outlaws, Wyatt Earp became a peace maker. As a Marshal, he went up against the worst of them, and the stories they tell about him are doubly fabulous because they're true....
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The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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