Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge.Written by
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Darryl F. Zanuck had sunk about $2 million into the movie's production and was concerned when he saw John Ford's cut. "You have a certain Western magnificence and a number of character touches that rival your best work, but to me the picture as a whole in its present state is a disappointment," he told Ford. "If the picture does not live up to my own personal anticipation, it will not live up to the anticipation of a paid audience." See more »
There are no Sahauros as far north as the buttes in Monument Valley, where Tombstone, Arizona Territory has been arbitrarily relocated for scenic/cinematographic interest. The Sahauros on this film set are rubber props much too short in stature (immature) to be branched. See more »
Sure is rough-looking country. Ain't no cow country. Mighty different where I come from. What do they call this place?
Old Man Clanton:
Just over the rise there. Big town... called Tombstone.
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In 1994, an alternate "preview" version of the film was found that runs 103 or 104 minutes, according to different sources. In June 1946, director John Ford showed producer Darryl F. Zanuck his cut of the film. Zanuck's opinion was that the film had some problems, so Zanuck reshot certain scenes with Director Lloyd Bacon. Zanuck also recut other scenes, changed the music at certain points, and slightly altered the finale. In all, 35 minutes of footage was shot or recut, and the film was released at 97 minutes. Both the 103-104 min. archival preview print and the 97 min. release print are on the Fox DVD released January 6, 2004. See more »
Good Henry Fonda Western but misses the facts by a mile
This will be remembered as a good Henry Fonda western showing the growth and civilizing of a Western town but coming nowhere close to representing the facts on which it is supposed to be based. Putting aside the events connected to Wyatt Earp, there is nothing to indicate that Tombstone is a boomtown based on mining (except for one tiny reference to prospecting). If we are going to have a shootout at the OK corral, where are the McLaury brothers, 2 of the 3 people killed at the shootout? The shootout itself bears virtually no resemblance to the actual event and the killing and wounding of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday and their adversaries as depicted in the film are totally at odds with reality, with the exception of Billy Clanton (killed) and Wyatt Earp (uninjured). I have to wonder if John Ford really believed he was being accurate since the history of the event was not widely known at the time of the film. Both female leads are pretty bad, both as characters as well as how they are acted. I liked Victor Mature as Holliday, but he seemed out of his element, I think being best suited to film noirs. He is too self-involved to develop any real bond with Wyatt, which is a detriment in this film. Doc Holliday has been played by a wide range of actors, from Mature to Kirk Douglas, to Jason Robards Jr. to the more modern portrayals of Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid. They were all interesting and very different from each other. I guess Doc is just a great character. Tombstone and Wyatt Earp are the only two films that attempted to get the Tombstone story right. All the other Earp movies just played with various elements of the true story. My Darling Clementine makes a good Fonda double feature with the Ox Bow Incident. 7 of 10 stars.
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