Frontier Marshal is an early, romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. corral. Randolph Scott stars as Wyatt Earp, who agrees to become the marshal of the town and establish order in Tombstone. Obviously, this film is going to draw comparisons to Ford's My Darling Clementine, and while I'm not inclined to say it's a better film, Frontier Marshall certainly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Ford's classic. In a way, this version focuses more on Doc Holiday's story than Earps. While Wyatt Earp has far more screen time, it's Holiday's story that contains much of the emotional weight, as a man who is constantly tormented by his past, especially when his old flame turns up in town looking for him. Randolph Scott is fantastic as Wyatt Earp, capturing a man who has absolutely no fear of death. This fearlessness really shines in creating this type of mysticism that would make Earp a legend. At only 70 minutes long, this is a tight, streamlined tale that spends a lot of time peering in the souls of these two men, particularly Doc Holiday.
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