Wyatt Earp in Hollywood Western Art by Andy Thomas
Wyatt Earp lived in Los Angeles in his later years....
and spent some time on the movie sets in Hollywood. He became good friends with William S. Hart and Tom Mix, early cowboy stars. The great director John Ford remembered Earp describing a gun fight to him and even drawing a diagram of the action. Ford used that description to film the fight in My Darling Clementine. The fight is now known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral. This painting depicts Earp describing the scene as Ford, Hart and Mix listen. The movie front in the background is actually Fremont Street in Tombstone, as the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, walk down to confront the cowboys. Also listening is a young prop hand, who in his own film career (John Wayne?), used Earp’s mannerisms for his own portrayals of tough western characters.
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