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Why didn’t Hugh O’Brian wear a mustache in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp?

Dean “Dino” Giangregorio
Virginia Beach, Virginia

It’s hard to say for sure. But this was the 1950s and most of the “good guys” in those Westerns were clean-shaven. There were some exceptions—Gregory Peck wore a mustache in the Twentieth Century-Fox film The Gunfighter, as did John Russell in the ABC television show Lawman. But, for the most part, the shows followed the style of their times, not the actual Wild West.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at

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