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  • Release Date: 30 May 1957 (USA)
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  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 7,812 votes 
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 30 May 1957 (USA)
  • Runtime: 122 min
  • Filming Location: Agoura Ranch, Agoura, California, USA
  • Director: John Sturges
  • Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Dimitri Tiomkin   
  • Soundtrack: Barroom Piano
  • Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
  • Plot Keyword: Gunfight | Tombstone | Cattle | Showdown | Gunfight At The O.k. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral

Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Writing Credits By:

  • Leon Uris (screenplay)
  • George Scullin (suggested by an article by)

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  • In his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman’s Son, Kirk Douglas wrote that while playing Doc Holiday, he planned exactly how many and what kinds of coughs he would have in each scene so that continuity wouldn’t be a problem once the film was edited together. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Much of this film was shot at the famous “Old Tucson” facility, not far from the real Tombstone. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 However, its “town street” set was used surprisingly as Fort Griffin, Texas, in the opening reels, while later Tombstone street scenes were shot in southern California, on the same Paramount Ranch set that was later used as Virginia City, Nevada, on TV’s Bonanza (1959). Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Dennis Hopper, who plays Billy Clanton, was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas, where Wyatt Earp was once sheriff. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The actual gunfight took place on 26 October 1881 and lasted a mere 30 seconds, resulting in three dead men after an exchange of 34 bullets. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Compared to this adaptation, the movie gunfight took 4 days to film and produced an on-screen bloodbath that lasted 5 minutes. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • According to a news piece, in January 1955 Hal B. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Wallis was “hoping to” cast Burt Lancaster and Humphrey Bogart in the leads and in February 1955 Barbara Stanwyck was mentioned as one possible female star of the film. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Burt Lancaster agreed to do this film if he could star in The Rainmaker (1956), also produced by Hal B. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Wallis. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Producer Hal B. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Wallis wanted Humphrey Bogart to play Doc Holiday. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • In July 1957, this film was released to many drive-in theaters on a double bill with Destination 60,000 (1957). Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Second of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Dennis Hopper and Earl Holliman appeared a year before this film in Giant (1956) . Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 The scores of Giant (1956) and Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) were both composed by Dimitri Tiomkin . Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Tag Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957): Gunfight at the OK Corral – YouTube Song from the 1957 movie “Gunfight at the O.K, Corral” Gunfight at the O.K, Corral – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Gunfight at the O.K, Corral was a gunfight that took place at about 3:00 p.m, on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, and is generally , Gunfight at the O.K, Corral (1957) – IMDb After the long career of lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp deciedes to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona, There he would see them in feud with , Gunfight at the O.K, Corral (1957) – Overview – TCM.com Overview of Gunfight at the O.K, Corral, 1957, directed by John Sturges, with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, at Turner Classic Movies Gunfight At OK Corral – Trailer (1957) – YouTube After the long career of lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp deciedes to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona, There he would see them in , Gunfight at the OK Corral | My Favorite Westerns Music: Gunfight at the OK Corral For my Brother Richard Song: “Gunfight at the OK Corral” by Frankie Laine Used very effectively throughout the movie, Note the , .com: Gunfight At The O.K, Corral: Kirk Douglas, Burt , Find Gunfight At The O.K, Corral at .com Movies & TV, home of thousands of titles on DVD and Blu-ray, Gunfight at the O.K, Corral – Rotten Tomatoes Of the many filmed versions of the October 26, 1881, O.K, Corral shootout in Tombstone, Arizona, Gunfight at the O.K, Corral was one of the most elaborate and star , Gunfight at the O.K, Corral (1957) – Full Cast & Crew – IMDb Gunfight at the O.K, Corral (1957) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more, Gunfight at the O.K, Corral (film) – Wikipedia, the free , Gunfight at the O.K, Corral (1957) is a film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, based on a real event which took place on October ,

Goofs: Continuity: When Wyatt Earp rides in to town, dismounts and walks toward Cotton Wilson's office, his holstered gun is clearly outside his jacket on the right hand side. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 But when he enters the sheriff's office, just one step later, his gun is not visible.

Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Plot: Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Full summary » |  »

Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Story: After the long career of lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp deciedes to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 There he would see them in feud with Clantons, local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Written byDragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

FullCast & Crew


Produced By: Watch Online Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Free Movie HD

  • Paul Nathan known as associate producer
  • Hal B. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Wallis known as producer
  • Joseph H. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Hazen known as executive producer (uncredited)

Full Movie Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Free HD FullCast & Crew:

  • Burt Lancaster known as Wyatt Earp
  • Kirk Douglas known as Doc Holliday
  • Rhonda Fleming known as Laura Denbow
  • Jo Van Fleet known as Kate Fisher
  • John Ireland known as Johnny Ringo
  • Lyle Bettger known as Ike Clanton
  • Frank Faylen known as Cotton Wilson
  • Earl Holliman known as Charles Bassett
  • Ted de Corsia known as Shanghai Pierce (as Ted De Corsia)
  • Dennis Hopper known as Billy Clanton
  • Whit Bissell known as John P. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Clum
  • George Mathews known as John Shanssey
  • John Hudson known as Virgil Earp
  • DeForest Kelley known as Morgan Earp
  • Martin Milner known as James Earp
  • Kenneth Tobey known as Bat Masterson
  • Lee Van Cleef known as Ed Bailey
  • Joan Camden known as Betty Earp
  • Olive Carey known as Mrs. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Clanton
  • Brian G. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Hutton known as Rick (as Brian Hutton)
  • Nelson Leigh known as Mayor Kelly
  • Jack Elam known as Tom McLowery
  • Don Castle known as Drunken Cowboy
  • Dorothy Abbott known as Girl (uncredited)
  • Tom Arnold known as Barrel-Rolling Boy (uncredited)
  • William Bailey known as (uncredited)
  • John Benson known as Rig Driver (uncredited)
  • Frank Carter known as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
  • Roger Creed known as Deputy / Killer / Townsman (uncredited)
  • James Davies known as Card Player (uncredited)
  • Franklyn Farnum known as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Joseph Forte known as Tombstone Card Player (uncredited)
  • Paul Gary known as Killer (uncredited)
  • Frank Hagney known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Len Hendry known as Cowboy (uncredited)
  • Charles Herbert known as Tommy Earp – Virgil's Son (uncredited)
  • Edward Ingram known as Deputy (uncredited)
  • Anthony Jochim known as Old Man (uncredited)
  • Kenner G. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Kemp known as Gamgling Croupier in Saloon (uncredited)
  • Jack Kenny known as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Ann Kunde known as Woman at Dance (uncredited)
  • Ethan Laidlaw known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Morgan Lane known as Killer (uncredited)
  • Gregg Martell known as Cowboy (uncredited)
  • John Maxwell known as Merchant at Dance (uncredited)
  • William Meigs known as Wayne (uncredited)
  • Harry Mendoza known as Frank Loving – Dealer (uncredited)
  • Walter Merrill known as Mario – Dodge City Barber (uncredited)
  • Dennis Moore known as Cowboy (uncredited)
  • Max Power known as Card Player (uncredited)
  • Richard Reeves known as Pierce's Foreman (uncredited)
  • Lee Roberts known as Finn Clanton (uncredited)
  • Bing Russell known as Harry – Griffin Bartender (uncredited)
  • Court Shepard known as Card Player (uncredited)
  • Mickey Simpson known as Frank McLowery (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens known as Man at Dance (uncredited)
  • Glenn Strange known as Pierce Henchman in Saloon (uncredited)
  • Robert Swan known as Shaugnessy Man (uncredited)
  • Arthur Tovey known as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Henry Wills known as Alby (uncredited)
  • Trude Wyler known as Social Hall Guest (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department: Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957)
  • Wally Westmore known as makeup supervisor
  • Hedy Mjorud known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Leonora Sabine known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Jack Stone known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Art Department:

  • Romaine Birkmeyer known as prop shop (uncredited)
  • Robert Goodstein known as props (uncredited)
  • Cline Jones known as prop shop (uncredited)
  • John Keever known as labor (uncredited)
  • Gene Lauritzen known as construction coordinator (uncredited)
  • A. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Peterson known as laborer (uncredited)
  • Dwight Thompson known as props (uncredited)
  • Dee Turner known as painter (uncredited)

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Company

Full Movie Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Free HD Production Companies:

  • Paramount Pictures (as A Paramount Picture)
  • Wallis-Hazen (as Hal Wallis' Production of)

Gunfight at the O.K. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Corral (1957) Distributors:

  • Paramount Pictures (1957) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Les Films Paramount (1957) (France) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Film Service (1957) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Paramount (1957) (West Germany) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (1964) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release)
  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1965) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
  • Argentina Video Home (????) (Argentina) (VHS)
  • CIC Vídeo (????) (Brazil) (VHS)
  • CIC-Taft Home Video (????) (Australia) (VHS)
  • ClassicLine (2003) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2006) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Video (2003) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Video (1983) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
  • Paramount Home Video (2003) (USA) (DVD)
  • Works Editora (2005) (Brazil) (DVD)

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  1. jpdoherty from Ireland
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    One of the finest and most memorable westerns of the fifties isGUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL! A splendid Vista Vision Technicolorpresentation based around the famous shootout that took place inTombstone Arizona on the 26th October 1881. Produced by Hal Wallis forParamount Pictures in 1957 it was masterfully directed by John Sturgesand mightily cast with Burt Lancaster as the great frontier lawmanWyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday. The combination of thesetwo heavyweight stars playing the leads plus the movie's catchy firecracker title assured the picture's box office success. From anexcellent screenplay by Leon Uris it was stylishly complimented by thebrilliant and glowing cinematography of Charles B. Lang together withDimitri Tiomkin's rollicking score including the clever vocal sung byFrankie Laine which operatically guided us through the narrative.Regretfully Sturges had another go at the incident ten years later withthe now disregarded and dismissed "Hour Of The Gun" (1967) starring thelightweight James Garner as an unconvincing Wyatt Earp, Jason Robardsas a just about adequate Doc Holliday and a poorly cast Robert Ryan inthe under written role of Ike Clanton.

    The story we all know and love recounts the arrival in Tombstone ofMarshal Wyatt Earp. From his developing relationship with the dubiousDoc Holliday to his many run ins with rancher Ike Clanton and his lawbreaking gang of cowboys which would inevitably lead to the event thatwould become known as the most famous and notorious shootout inAmerican western history………THE GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL.

    The incident itself has been well documented by Hollywood. Mostfamously by John Ford in 1946 when it featured in his classic "MyDarling Clementine" for 20th Century Fox with Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earpand Victor Mature as the consumptive Doc Holliday. After the dismal"Hour Of The Gun" in 1967 came "Tombstone" in 1993 with Kurt Russell asEarp and Val Kilmer who just chewed up every shred of scenery as aswashbuckling Holliday. This was followed the next year by KevinKostner's over long and bloated "Wyatt Earp" (1994) with Kostner makingfor a stiff Earp but Dennis Quaid delivering a blistering anddefinitive performance as a really frail and ill looking Holliday.

    It is interesting to ponder that the actual event that occurred on thatfateful October afternoon in 1881, when the Earp brothers and DocHolliday confronted the Clantons and the McLaurys at the OK Corral, wasbut the briefest of encounters. It was all over inside of thirtyseconds! With thirty shots fired at point blank range it resulted inthe deaths of Tom and Frank McLaury and young Billy Clanton. Morgan andVirgil Earp along with Doc Holliday were wounded but survived. Wyattwas unhurt. For an incident that – in reality – was so short it isquite amazing how elaborate and embellished Hollywood has depicted theevent in every movie. Sturges' '57 film probably contains the longestand most colourful version of the incident which took up to abouttwenty minutes of screen time. Of course we must accept this to beartistic licence and enjoy it as it is – regardless of the libertiestaken by the film makers concerning the facts of what actually occurredthat day. Also It is curious that situated next to the OK Corral wasthe photographic studio of Camillus Fly (Fly was famous for his manyphotos of early Arizona including those taken at the negotiationsbetween the Apache warrior Geronimo and General Crook). UnfortunatelyFly – reputed to be under threat from the Earps – took no photographsof the unfolding events that day in the adjacent OK Corral. A missedopportunity most certainly, a shamefully lost scoop that history cannever forgive. Fly's studio is nowhere to be seen in either Sturges' orFord's pictures. And yet it was quite prominent in 1993's "Tombstone".

    However, actual occurrences and events not withstanding Sturges' movieis still an immensely entertaining picture. Performances are top notch!Lancaster makes a fine upstanding square jawed Wyatt Earp againstDouglas' tempestuous and aggressive Doc Holliday. Good too are those insmaller roles like Jo Van Fleet as Doc's abused girl friend "Big Nose"Kate, Lyle Bettger as Ike Clanton, John Ireland as Ringo and DennisHopper as Billy Clanton.

    All in all another great one from the fifties, the decade of theclassic Hollywood western.

  2. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    In one of her books Hedda Hopper devoted a chapter to both of the starsof Gunfight at the OK Corral, calling them the Terrible Twins. As acolumnist Hopper was a firm defender of the old studio system and bothBurt and Kirk were seen by her as betraying old Hollywood.

    Now personally I think their careers show that both of these guys knewexactly what they were doing in guiding their own destinies. This filmis a great example of it. It was deservedly a critical hit and amoneymaker.

    No film has ever been made that completely told accurately the story ofthe famous gunfight, least of all this one. But it sure captures thespirit.

    I think both of these guys could have played each other's part and thefilm still would have been a winner. The problem with playing WyattEarp is that he's usually such a straight arrow on screen or ontelevision that the main job of the actor is to keep from making himsound like Dudley Doo-Right. Burt Lancaster is capable enough and didit, but Wyatt Earp maybe one of the least complex roles he everessayed.

    Kirk Douglas though is the best Doc Holiday I've ever seen portrayed.Doc Holiday is a brooding, consumptive alcoholic who's also a womanbatterer. He treats Jo Van Fleet like garbage and her responses to himis responsible for several of the plot twists. As I've said beforeDouglas can flip into rage better than any other actor ever. Just watchhim with Van Fleet after the youngest Earp brother has been killed.

    Today we would call Jo Van Fleet a battered spouse even though she andDouglas are living common-law. Her's is the next best portrayal in thefilm besides Kirk Douglas.

    Rhonda Fleming has little to do except look coquettish and beautiful asthe lady gambler who Lancaster falls for. But that was usually enoughfor her public. It's ironic that she's playing a liberated woman for19th century and Fleming's politics are quite right wing and Lancasterher very traditional 19th century man was a noted political liberal.

    And of course the unbilled co-star is Frankie Laine singing thatwonderful title song by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. Tiomkin wasone of the best of movie composers, his music gave that extra oomphinto a lot of good movies, making them great.

  3. Righty-Sock (robertfrangie@hotmail.com) from Mexico
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" derives from one of the most celebratedshoot-outs in Western history in Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26,1881… The semi-legendary confrontation had made of Wyatt Earp and DocHolliday, men of exceptional quality…

    "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" has some of the Sturges virtues, but notall… It doesn't however disappoint when it comes to the crunch—thegunfight itself… This is magnificently staged… It probably equalsanything that law and order movies have produced in set-piece battles…

    The film also focuses on the friendship between Earp and Holliday andthe good will of two different kinds of men… Earp, is an honestlawman with authority, and Holliday, a gambler with a 'real big hatefor the law.'

    The two characters are powerful, strong, and at the same timecompassionate, with respect and dignity… Holliday's character as theblack sheep, is much more interesting than the straight marshal who isat the same time the lawman, the judge and the jury.' The main assetsof the motion picture are Lancaster and Douglas, two great starsconscious of their potentialities with excellent ability…

    Douglas is impressing and brilliant as the troubled sick Doc Hollidayand Lancaster is confident, solid and likable as Wyatt Earp… Themirror scene, in the beginning of the film, is great: Douglas, cool andsteady, is ready for action observing carefully in the mirror the sharpfeature and narrow steely eyes of Lee Van Cleef who is so anxious tokill him with a small gun hidden in his left boot…

    Fine performances by a first-class cast heighten the interest: RhondaFleming is ravishing as the redhead lady gambler; Jo Van Fleet is veryeffective as the jealous lady, torn between Ringo and Holliday; EarlHolliman is good as the naive deputy who 'picks up the hardware as soonas the cowboys hit town;' John Ireland is unforgettable with his slightstoop and menacing walk; Lyle Bettger is strong as Ike Clanton, theorganizer of the toughest bunch of gunslingers; Dennis Hopper isdifficult and rebellious as the young Clanton who can't take the adviceof the marshal; and Jack Elam is threatening as the tall and lean manwith an evil leer…

    Dimitri Tiomkin's great score back up the "Gunfight at the O.K.Corral," a pure Western, magnificently photographed by Charles Lang inVistaVision and Technicolor…

    John Ireland has been twice on the losing side of the Corralincident… The first time as Billy Clanton in John Ford's "My DarlingClementine."

  4. Bucs1960 from West Virginia
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    Who really cares if this film is historically accurate? This is there-telling, no matter how grandiose and overblown, of a gunfight thathas gained in reputation over the years and has become legendary,deserved or un-deserved. The result is one jim-dandy of a western witha little bit of love, a little bit of drama and a whole lot of violenceas the Earps and the Clantons go head to head.

    And who better to be the bigger than life heroes than those two biggerthan life stars, Lancaster and Douglas. Talk about perfectcasting…… Lancaster as Wyatt Earp moves through this film like aballet dancer and Douglas as Doc Holliday squares that famous chin andgets tough while hacking up his lungs to tuberculosis. Who can forgetLancaster running and diving across the corral with a shotgun. Hisformer career as an acrobat and trapeze artist is on display here.

    The supporting cast is about as good as it gets. From Lyle Bettger toJohn Ireland as the bad guys……to Jo VanFleet as Doc's woman…..toDennis Hopper as the confused youngest Clanton. Rhonda Fleming isbeautiful and is only part of the sub-plot used to flesh out therunning time but I'm not complaining.

    You don't have to be a fan of westerns to get involved in this epictale……and I haven't even mentioned Frankie Lane's title song. It'sa heroic tale of family honor and violent consequences when honor ischallenged. Accuracy be damned……it's a great film.

  5. Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    ‘Gunfight at O.K. Corral’ is one of the many films that have told the taleof the famous showdown between the Earps and the Clantons, but setting thisversion apart is the ideal casting of Burt Lancaster as thestraight-shooting Marshal Wyatt Earp, and Kirk Douglas as the sardonic,dying gambler, Doc Holliday. As in all their pairings, there is a chemistrybetween them that makes even mundane scripts seem magical!

    Lancaster, continuing his rule of alternating between heavy drama and actionfilms, researched the historic Earp extensively, speaking to many who knewhim, and his performance is restrained and assured. Douglas, on the otherhand, fresh from playing Vincent Van Gogh in ‘Lust for Life’, knew he neededa splashy hit film, and played Doc Holliday as larger than life, swaggering,diseased, and charismatic. His portrayal is far closer in spirit to theinterpretations of Holliday by Val Kilmer, in ‘Tombstone’, and Dennis Quaid,in ‘Wyatt Earp’, than Victor Mature, in John Ford’s ‘My DarlingClementine’.

    The film, co-written by Leon Uris, author of ‘Exodus’, is a historicallyfanciful but very entertaining exploration of the friendship between Earpand Holliday, as the lawman moves from Dodge City to Tombstone, followed bythe gambler, covering a ‘blood debt’, after Earp saves his life. The climaxis, naturally, the infamous gun battle between the Earps (with Holliday)versus the Clanton family and their allies. While purists will quickly notethat the shoot-’em-up presented is totally fabricated (watch ‘Wyatt Earp’ or’Tombstone’ if you want accuracy), it certainly is rousing!

    Other aspects of the film to enjoy…Dimitri Tiompkin’s magnificent musicalscore, highlighted by Frankie Laine’s unforgettable performance of the titletune, throughout the film…Excellent supporting players, including Jo VanFleet as Holliday’s mistress, John Ireland as evil Johnny Ringo, a youngDennis Hopper as Billy Clanton, and Rhonda Fleming as the gambler girlfriendof Wyatt (based on Earp’s actual wife, Josie)…Cameos by Kenneth Tobey asBat Masterson, DeForest Kelley as Morgan Earp, Martin Milner as James Earp,and Frank Faylen as the corrupt sheriff.

    The director, John Sturges, revisited the Earp saga some years later in’Hour of the Gun’, with James Garner as Earp, and Jason Robards as Holliday,but while the later film may be more correct, historically, ‘Gunfight at theO.K. Corral’ is a far more enjoyable film.

    I strongly recommend it to any western fan!

  6. Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    One of Hollywood’s major offerings of 1957, "Gunfight" contains all theingredients one would expect of a blockbuster – big stars, big budget and astoryline calculated to capture the public’s imagination. For me, however,the film doesn’t quite work. In the final analysis, the whole thing is alittle too sluggish, a little too formulaic.

    To be sure, it contains fine things. Burt Lancaster is stolid andunyielding as hard lawman Wyatt Earp. Sturges films him with the camera atground level as he rides onto the screen, making him seem superhuman in hislarger-than-life moral certainty. He faces down the armed drunk without thefaintest twitch of fear, the embodiment of a strong, righteous enforcer ofthe law. The friendship between the paragon and the wastrel is cleverlydone, with Earp and Holliday (Kirk Douglas) each seeing something to admirein the other, very different, man. Character is also to the fore as aplot-driver when Kate Fisher (Jo Van Fleet) is forced by the dynamics of herrelationship with the Doc into ever more wretched behaviour. By comparison,the Earp-Laura love story is cold and staid. Both Lancaster and RhondaFleming are terrific to look at, but hard to warm to. Though the film takesan eternity to get to the shoot-out which is its raison d’etre, when theclimax finally comes the suspense is built superbly. In a nice symmetry, wesee the women of both sides dreading the fatal clash as Ma Clanton andVirgil’s wife separately mourn the departure of their respective menfolk. Douglas made a career out of playing generous-spirited bad guys, and one ofthe best things in this film is Doc Holliday’s heroic effort of will, risingfrom his sickbed to stand beside his friend in the face of mortal danger. Shot in a rich Technicolor palette, the film’s images are strong and clean,and at times even beautiful, for example the barn fire, or the approach ofthe Earp faction, with Cotton standing facing them, his body framed by thecorral building.

    Other elements are not so well done. Wyatt is too unrelenting a hardman to win the audience’s unqualified sympathy, as in the scene when hetells the all-too-human Cotton, "If you can’t handle it any more, turn inyour badge." The Frankie Laine ballad, almost de rigeur in 1950′s westerns,is simply not up to scratch ("Boot Hill, Boot Hill, so cold, so still …") There is an ugly shadow eclipsing Ike Clanton’s face throughout his mostimportant scene. Billy (a very young Dennis Hopper) is ‘converted’ by Wyattfar too easily.

    There exists a wide spectrum of opinion on the question of how loyal awork of fiction should remain to the historical event which inspired it. One camp would argue that the artist has total freedom to rework a popularlegend such as The Gunfight, while the other extremity would insist ondocumentary accuracy. This film is interesting, in that it takes awell-known incident for which contemporaneous records abound, and virtuallydisregards the historical truth.

    In the film, the decent, clean-shaven Earp boys are merely ‘doing whata man has to do’. We know that the Clanton-McLaury gang is mean andduplicitous, and that there will have to be a showdown between Right andWrong. The shoot-out, when it comes, happens over several minutes of timeon a clear, bright day. There is an athletic battle of movement, with theEarps in particular manoeuvring for position, and finally trapping theClantons in and around a burning wagon. The strategic intentions of thegood guys are clear and easy to follow.

    The reality of October 26, 1881 was quite different. Two gangs ofwalrus-mustachioed men confronted each other, standing face-to-face in abuilt-up street. The shooting lasted a maximum of 30 seconds, and when thesmoke cleared, three of the so-called "cowboy faction" lay dead or mortallywounded, whereas the Earp faction sustained only minor wounds. Wyatt wastotally unharmed. Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne, two of the cowboyleaders, had in fact run away when the guns opened fire.

    This was no tussle between Good and Evil. Wyatt Earp was not a USMarshall, as the film tries to insist. He was Virgil’s assistant withpurely local authority, little more than his brother’s pinch-hitter. DocHolliday held no office of any kind. This was a clash between two Americas- the Earps representing the urban, northern, republican culture which hadwon the Civil War, while the Clantons stood for the freebooting, democratic,open-range mentality whose sympathies lay with the vanquishedSouth.

    A motion picture has a span of something like 90 minutes in which toset out its stall. Perhaps such a narrow intellectual space imposes so manyconstrictions that the true flavour of a historic event can never beproperly represented. Or maybe the limitations of the medium set thefilm-maker free to create a better, more poetic "reality". I don’t know theanswer. There probably isn’t one.

  7. Nicholas Rhodes from Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    This film has everything going for it : magnificent music scoreintroduced at regular intervals throughout, superb sets and lighting,deep blue skies, parched yellow fields, cactus, mountainous backdrop,gunfights, romance, tension, saloon bars ….. what more could awestern lover want ?

    In spite of it two hours’ duration, this is a magnificent archetypalwestern, if I wanted to criticise negatively something in it, I wouldsay that the female presence, and consequently romance could have beena little stronger with more romantic and passionate scenes to offsetthe shooting and violence !

    I notice that some jerks on IMDb are criticizing "historicalinaccuracies" the film ! This mad me laugh to death. Who really cares aTINKER’S CUSS whether the film is historically accurate ? This is not adocumentary about the Wild West, it is CINEMA !! And good cinema itcertainly is ! The final shoot-out at OK Corral is magnificent ( betterthat that of OPEN RANGE ! ). The combination of Frankie Lane’s themetune plus those deep blue skies and yellow parched fields will alwaysremain foremost in my memory as regards this film.

    Kirk Douglas plays an interesting character, not always easy to fathomout as compared with the straight and righteous character of BurtLancaster, who looks magnificent in this film. Unfortunately we do notknow whether he meets up with his loved one at the end but we supposehe will ( Cf Doc Holliday "She’ll Be Waiting For You ……. ).

    So far only available from the USA on DVD with English subtitles, itcannnot be found in Europe unfortunately, though I have seen it acouple of times on both English and French TV. No doubt Paramount willprobably bring it out on DVD over here too in the coming months …..

  8. gitrich (sfwr@earthlink.net) from Brea, Ca. USA
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    No, this is not the way it really happened at the Ok Corral in Tucson butsince when has Hollywood ever been totally accurate and true to history?Thechemistry between Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster works extremely well.Thismovie works because of great stars and a solid cast of great actors. Thescore is outstanding featuring Frankie Lane singing the title song. Thephotography is very realistic compared to most westerns of that era. Thegunfight at the Ok Corral is worth waiting for. If you like westerns, youwill especially like The Gunfight At Ok Corral.

  9. tmwest from S. Paulo, Brazil
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    The DVD copy I saw is excellent. The Frankie Laine ballad blends very wellwith the scenes. Burt Lancaster gives a quite cold performance as WyattEarp, and the Earp family is not shown as well as it should.Same thing goes for the Clantons, with the exception of DennisHopper,and John Ireland as Johnny Ringo. Kirk Douglas and Jo Van Fleet as Doc andhis woman are really the ones that make this film pick upspeed.They involve you in their drama. The gunfight is very well staged, you don’tsee good action scenes like that in westerns nowadays.

  10. ccthemovieman-1 from United States
    01 Dec 2013, 11:33 am

    The stories and films about Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the Clantonsare always interesting, at least to me. They've been put on film a halfdozen times over the years. I think the best feature of this particularversion was the beautiful, muted colors. Now that it's out on DVD, Iwould like to see this on a nice widescreen transfer. My only looks(two of them) were on VHS. Story-wise, most of the others Earp filmswere more interesting than this one.

    What makes the story worth seeing are two big stars playing main roles:Burt Lancaster as "Wyatt Earp" and Kirk Douglas as "Doc Holliday."What's different about the story is that, unlike all other versions,Earp and Holliday are not good friends throughout this movie, althoughthey wind up as allies in the final shootout. Also, the argumentsbetween Holliday and his girlfriend "Kate" (Jo Van Fleet) grow tiresomeafter awhile.

    Overall, this doesn't have enough action to satisfy today's viewers,except for the shootout scene at the end, which goes on for at least 10minutes.

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