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Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 9

The Kid is taken In the election of November 1880, sitting Sheriff George Kimball received 170 votes but his challenger, Pat Garrett, got...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 8

They say that Pat Garrett’s got your number So sleep with one eye open when you slumber Every little sound just might be thunder...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 7

Wanted outlaw As so often, Billy now went to Fort Sumner. It was over a hundred miles from the county seat of Las Vegas, which had too...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 6

Billy betrayed With Alexander McSween dead and James Dolan bankrupt, there was nothing left to fight over, and the Lincoln County War...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 5

Conflagration The fullest portrait we get of Billy Bonney, as he now was, at this time is from his Regulator friend Frank Coe. Coe wrote...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 4

Shoot-out in Lincoln County The murder of Sheriff William Brady in broad daylight in the street at Lincoln on April 1, 1878 escalated the...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 3

War breaks out At the end of 1877 Billy Bonney got to know rancher Tunstall’s foreman Dick Brewer, “a big, handsome man of twenty-six, a...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 2

From boy to outlaw After the killing of Windy Cahill, Henry McCarty, aka Kid Antrim, later to be known as Billy the Kid, may have gone to...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 1

The Kid as kid Well, we’ve delved on this blog into quite a bit of Earpiana recently. Later, we may try some Custerology or a bit of...

Buckskin Frontier (UA, 1943)

Good fun Distributor/producer Harry Sherman was involved in over seventy movies, mostly Westerns, from 1918 to 1954. My favorite was the...

Wyatt Earp (WB, 1994)

Slow, and not very compelling Wyatt Earp, released six months after the rival movie Tombstone, was an even bigger picture. At 3 hours 32...

Wyatt Earp’s Revenge (Sony, 2012)

After writing about Tombstone, the logical next step would have been to review Wyatt Earp. However, I wanted to watch it again before...

Tombstone (Cinergi, 1993)

The best Wyatt Earp telling yet After all the years of Wyatt Earp movies that bore remarkably little resemblance to the historical truth,...

Sunset (Tristar, 1988)

The Sunset of Wyatt Earp In this tale of Wyatt's later years, before riding off into the sunset (well, actually, he rides off on a...

I Married Wyatt Earp (NBC TV, 1983)

Sadie tells it from her side After all the adulation of the 1950s, when Wyatt Earp was the screen Western lawman nonpareil, brave,...

Doc (UA, 1971)

The anti-Wyatt By the start of the 1970s the full force of revisionism had fallen upon the Western movie. Former goodies were recast as...

Hour of the Gun (UA, 1967)

Wyatt redux We have already reviewed the Wyatt Earp picture John Sturges directed in 1957, the hugely successful Gunfight at the OK...

The Kansan (UA, 1943)

Another clean-up-the-town Earpish marshal JAW reader JG Entract left a comment on our recent post on the 40s Wyatt Earp picture...

Wichita (AA, 1955)

Wyatt cleans up the town - but not Tombstone As we have seen in recent posts, by the mid-1950s the Wyatt Earp of legend was far more...

 

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