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Wyatt Earp - Summary

Wyatt Earp, a retired lawman, reunites with his brothers Virgil and Morgan in Tombstone, Arizona. Tombstone is a fast-growing, silver-mining town in the Old West. Wyatt's friend Doc Holliday is a gambler and expert gunslinger. Holliday also relocates to Tombstone because he suffers from tuberculosis. Arizona’s dry climate eases his suffering. Also new in Tombstone is Josephine Marcus who is traveling with a theatre troupe. Learn about the relationship between Wyatt and Josephine.

Virgil, unable to tolerate lawlessness, becomes the new marshal of Tombstone. Virgil imposes a weapons ban within the city limits. This leads to the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral during the afternoon of October 26th, 1881. No shooting occurred in the O.K. Corral; the fight actually takes place on Fremont Street between the lawmen and the Cowboys.

In this famous gunfight the Cowboys—Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury, and Tom McLaury—die. Lawmen Virgil and Morgan are wounded. Wyatt is the only shooter who remains unscathed after the gunfight. The allegiance of county sheriff Johnny Behan to the Cowboys is made clear. 

The Earps and Holliday are arrested and charged with the murders of the Cowboys. A local judge and friend, Wells Spicer, exonerates the Earps and Doc Holliday for the murders.

The gunfight on Fremont Street does not settle matters between the two sides, and more shootings and killings occur. As retribution for the Cowboy deaths, Wyatt's brothers are ambushed. Morgan is killed while Virgil is maimed. 

In this story behind the movie, take a trip back to the American Old West to see what life is like during this time period. Meet the famous lawmen Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Virgil and Morgan. Become familiar with infamous outlaws Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5123stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Jun 16, 2015


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