Why Did Hollywood Take So Long to Discover Wyatt Earp?

walkdown_04-blogFrom our perspective today it’s hard to believe that Hollywood did not film the Wyatt Earp in Tombstone story until the 1930s! There had been movies about Ned Kelly, Jesse James, The Daltons and various other outlaws, but somehow, even though Wyatt Earp lived in Los Angeles and was friends with Western movie stars, nobody saw potential in the story. That is, until the 1930s when the gangster story merged with the Western. The image of armed gangs fighting it out over turn finally made sense and Wyatt Earp, his brothers, Doc Holliday and the O.K. Corral finally get the close-up they deserved.

This never-before-told story is in our October issue, on newsstands on September 15.

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