DIRECTOR: William C. McGann
NOT A PART OF MY COLLECTION
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
May Contain Spoilers!
Tombstone has often been the location of choice in the Western genre, as the legendary yet rather dull Gunfight at the O.K. Coral put the town and Wyatt Earp on the map. This 1942 effort is not that bad as gung-ho westerns of the day go, but in relation to grander efforts such as 1993’s Tombstone, or my favourite, 1994’s Wyatt Earp, let alone the more famous Kirk Douglus/Bert Lancaster led Gunfight at the O.K. Coral.
The cast were relatively unremarkable and the story was nothing but cliché after cliché but saying that, the largely fictitious story was littered with genuine touchstones and a nice number of historical accuracies, but it did choose to ignore a lot as well. Wyatt Earp was more of a mentor to a younger character who I believe to be fictitious while Doc Haloday’s T.B. was almost none existent and Earp was really nothing to do with the story other than being a wise old law-man.
Not bad but there is a reason that until a Saturday morning last December when I came across this on Television, that I’ve never heard of this rather bland film. For fans of old westerns, give it a shot, pardon the pun, but for everyone else, you needn’t bother.