9/6/1955 – 9/26/1961 ABC
Black and White
30 minutes – 266 episodes
Sept 1955-Sept. 1961 Tuesday 8:30-9:00
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan
Produced by Desilu Studios
Wyatt Earp Cast
Hugh O’Brian as Wyatt Earp
William Phipps as Curley Bill Brocius
Alan Dinehart as Bat Masterson
Denver Pyle as Ben Thompson
Hal Baylor as Bill Thompson
Gloria Talbott as Abbie Crandall
Don Haggerty as Marsh Murdock
Lloyd Corrigan as Ned Buntline
Wyatt Earp Theme Song
“The Legend of Wyatt Earp” music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by the Ken Darby Singers; also Johnny Western
I'll tell you a story A real true life story A tale of the Western frontier The West it was lawless But one man was flawless And his is the story you'll hear. CHORUS Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long live his glory And long may his story be told. He came to Kansas To settle in Kansas He planned on a peaceable life. Some goods and some chattel A few head of cattle A home and a sweet loving wife. CHORUS He wasn't partial To being a marshal But fate went and dealt him his hand. While outlaws were lootin And killin' and shootin' He knew that he must take a stand. CHORUS He cleaned up the country The Old Wild West country He made law and order prevail ANd none can deny it The legend of Wyatt Forever will live on the trail. CHORUS
Wyatt Earp Tidbits
As we all know, there was a real Wyatt Earp. The TV show followed some elements of his life, but was liberal with the details.
This Wyatt starts out in Ellsworth, Kansas. It is here that Ned Buntline gives him the oversized weapon, a .45 with an extra long barrel. Called a “Buntline special” it packs a heck of a wallop and give the Marshal the extra range to drop bad guys, of which there is a never ending supply.
By the second season, Wyatt moves on to Dodge City. Yes, I know that Matt Dillon was marshal in Dodge on Gunsmoke. But that was Saturday night and this was Tuesday and besides it’s TV. So live with it.
By 1959, Wyatt moved again to Tombstone. You just had to figure, sooner or later, he’d get to Tombstone and the O.K. Corral. In a five part series finale, Wyatt’s brothers Morgan and Virgil, along with Doc Holliday, succeed in dropping the Clanton Gang in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
From the Doug Abbott Collection
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