Frontier Marshal (1934 film)
Frontier Marshal is a 1934 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Lewis Seiler and starring George O'Brien. Produced by Fox Film and Sol M. Wurtzel, the film is the first based on Stuart N. Lake's enormously popular but largely fictitious "biography" of Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal. A second version of the film, also produced by Wurtzel, was made in 1939, and a third interpretation by John Ford entitled My Darling Clementine was released in 1946.
|Directed by||Lewis Seiler|
|Produced by||Sol M. Wurtzel|
|Written by||Stuart Anthony|
William M. Conselman
|Based on||Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal|
by Stuart N. Lake
|Cinematography||Robert H. Planck|
|Edited by||W. Donn Hayes|
|Distributed by||Fox Film|
He supposedly wrote the book with Earp's input,i and it portrays Earp as a fearless lawman. But before the first movie was released, his widow Josephine Earp sued 20th Century Fox for $50,000 in an attempt to keep them from making the film. She said it was an "unauthorized portrayal" of Wyatt Earp. She succeeded in getting Earp's name completely excised from the movie. His character was renamed "Michael Wyatt," and the movie was released as Frontier Marshal.
Wandering lawman Michael Wyatt rides into a lawless town and runs into conflict with the local boss, Doc Warren.
- George O'Brien as Michael Wyatt
- Irene Bentley as Mary Reid
- George E. Stone as David 'Abe' Ruskin
- Alan Edwards as Doc Warren
- Ruth Gillette as Queenie LaVerne
- Berton Churchill as Ben 'Hiram' Melton
- Frank Conroy as George 'Oscar' Reid
- Ward Bond as Ben Murchison
- Edward LeSaint as Judge Walters
- Russell Simpson as Editor Pickett
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