Jan 4, 2023
My Darling Clementine is considered the greatest Wyatt Earp film of all time. It also just so happens to be the least accurate, despite legendary director John Ford having known Wyatt personally. Contrary to popular belief – and Ford’s own claims - this film was NOT based on Earp’s own account of his days in Tombstone, but rather an earlier film whose director also knew the now famous lawman.
I say now famous because Wyatt wasn’t exactly what you would call a household name prior to the 20th century. His time in Dodge City - as well as his actions in Tombstone - certainly garnered Earp a reputation in certain circles. However, his introduction to the nation at large wouldn’t be as a lawman at all, but rather as the corrupt boxing referee who threw the fight for heavyweight champion of the world; a fiasco that saw Wyatt turn to Hollywood in an effort to redeem his sullied reputation.
More true tales from the wild and woolly west!
Email me! https://www.wildwestextra.com/contact/
Buy me a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/wildwest
David Lambert Art Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/davidlambertart
David Lambert Original Thread on Wyatt & Hollywood - https://twitter.com/davidlambertart/status/1440606380860186629
David Lambert archives on the Wrong Reel Podcast - https://wrongreel.com/tag/david-lambert/
Wyatt on the Set by Allen Barra - https://truewestmagazine.com/article/wyatt-on-the-set/
The Fix by Garner A. Palenske - https://truewestmagazine.com/article/the-fix/
William S. Hart & Wyatt Earp Correspondence - https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hart-earpletters.htm
Scurrilous LA Times article from 1922 - https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hart-earpletters.htm
Alan Dwan & The Rise & Decline of the Hollywood Studios - https://www.amazon.com/Allan-Dwan-Decline-Hollywood-Studios-ebook/dp/B00C7C2EDK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=28EADZ4B8LD93&keywords=allan+dwan+and+the+rise+and+decline+of+the+hollywood+studios&qid=1672673971&sprefix=allan+dwan+and+the+ris%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-1
Helldorado – Bringing the Law to the Mesquite by William M. Breakenridge - https://www.amazon.com/Helldorado-Bringing-Mesquite-William-Breakenridge/dp/0803261004
Wyatt Earp Frontier Marshal by Stuart Lake - https://www.amazon.com/Wyatt-Earp-Frontier-Stuart-Lake/dp/0671885375
Law and Order (1932) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRFPBVG65LU
The Half Breed (1916) - https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/film/32090-the-half-breed-allan-dwan-1916/
Free Newsletter! https://wildwestjosh.substack.com/
Join Patreon for bonus content! https://www.patreon.com/wildwestextra
Become a YouTube Paid Member for bonus content! https://www.youtube.com/c/WildWestExtravaganza
Listen to Texas History Lessons for Texas History! https://www.texashistorylessons.com/