Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

                                                                                             Gunfight at Ok Carrol

Directed by John  Sturges in 1957, the picture stars Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp , and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday. The film opens 10 years before the events in Tombstone as lawman Wyatt Earp is chasing cattle thief Ike Clanton through Ft.Griffin,Texas.
 Wyatt saves Doc Holliday from a lynch mob. Back in Dodge City, Doc loses his girlfriend to Johnny Ringo and helps wyatt arrest one outlaw.  Wyatt meets and falls in love with gambling lady Laura (Rhonda Fleming). Wyatt’s brothers call him in Tombstone for help and he tells his girl that he has to leave for his family.  As it is with so many western films , friendship and loyalty among men is the central theme here. Unlike the case with “My Darling Clementine” , this film pays at least lip service to the city/county politics at play in Tombstone. Douglas plays his character well-his portrayal of boozing and terminally ill gunslinger is quite sympathetic.  Lancaster plays his character more closer to the American myth than the version used in the future but still he allows his character to show some vulnerability.  

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