Frontier Marshal

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  • Approved
  • 1939
  • 1 hr 11 min
  • 6.6  (948)

Frontier Marshal is a 1939 Western movie that tells the story of a frontier marshal named Wyatt Earp, as portrayed by the legendary actor Randolph Scott. The movie is directed by Allan Dwan and produced by Sol C. Siegel for the 20th Century Fox studios. Set in the late 19th century, the story follows Earp as he arrives in Tombstone, a small town in Arizona, with his brothers Virgil (John Carradine) and Morgan (Edward Norris). They are looking for a quiet life after a long career as lawmen, but they quickly find themselves caught up in the violent feud between the Clanton and Earp families.

At the center of the conflict is the notorious Doc Holliday (Cesar Romero), a gambler and gunslinger who is also Wyatt's friend. He becomes involved with the Clanton gang, led by Old Man Clanton (Joe Sawyer), who are in a deadly rivalry with the Earps. As tensions rise, Wyatt must use his skills as a marshal to keep the peace and protect his brothers and the people of Tombstone.

Meanwhile, Wyatt also falls in love with a local newspaperwoman named Dallas (Nancy Kelly), who is determined to uncover the truth about the feud and Doc Holliday's involvement.

The movie is a classic Western with all the elements of the genre: gunfights, horse chases, saloon brawls, and romantic subplots. However, what sets it apart from other Westerns of the time is its focus on the complex relationships between the characters, particularly the friendship between Earp and Holliday.

Randolph Scott delivers a strong performance as the stoic but determined Wyatt Earp, who is torn between loyalty to his family and his sense of justice. He is supported by a talented cast, including Cesar Romero, who brings charm and wit to his role as Doc Holliday, and Nancy Kelly, who plays Dallas with intelligence and spunk.

The movie also boasts impressive production values, with stunning landscape shots of Monument Valley, where much of the movie was filmed. The action scenes are well choreographed and thrilling, particularly the final showdown between the Earps and the Clantons.

One interesting fact about the movie is that it was based on a biography of Wyatt Earp written by Stuart N. Lake. However, the movie took some liberties with the historical facts, particularly in its portrayal of Doc Holliday as a sympathetic character rather than a cold-blooded killer.

Overall, Frontier Marshal is a well-made and entertaining Western that remains a classic of the genre. With its memorable characters, exciting action, and stunning visuals, it is a must-watch for any fan of Western movies.

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    6.6  (948)