Stuart Lake with Hugh O’Brian

Stuart Lake is best known for writing the bio Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal.

After it was published in 1931, Lake spent much of his life in Hollywood, consulting on Westerns like “My Darling Clementine” and the TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” (photo with star Hugh O’Brian).

Around 1950, he sued Universal Studios for $400,000.  He alleged that they took a story he wrote for an unnamed film magazine and used it as the basis for “Winchester ’73,” starring James Stewart.  The case was settled out of court—and Lake was given a screen credit for the original story.

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