Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Night at the Movies: A to Z

This should have been filed under G, but this is my O pick: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, one of the best horse operas even if it has a hokey theme song. Larger than life lawman, Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) wants to retire and settle down in Tombstone, Arizona. He ends up defending gambler, Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas) to rid the territory of the notorious Clanton gang. When one of Earp's brothers is killed by the Clantons, Earp seeks revenge in a bloody showdown at the O.K. Corral.

One of the fun facts of this movie: Watch for DeForest Kelley ("Bones" in the original Star Trek) as Morgan Earp. Then find the 3rd season Star Trek episode, Spectre of the Gun. Bones is cast as one of the Clanton gang in a bizarre intergalactic showdown and nod to Kelley's role in the original film.

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