Just Before the Battle 

A stagecoach holdup orchestrated by Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius gives Wyatt Earp the opportunity he's been waiting for--a chance to get the rival factions in the Clanton gang to turn on each other instead of the law.


Paul Landres


Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Wilda J. Wilson (story editor)

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Episode cast overview:
Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp
Douglas Fowley ... Doc Holliday
Ray Boyle ... Morgan Earp (as Dirk London)
John Anderson ... Virgil Earp
Norman Alden ... Johnny Ringo
William Phipps ... Curly Bill Brocius
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Billy Clanton
Rayford Barnes ... Ike Clanton
Gregg Palmer ... Tom McLowery
George Wallace ... Frank McLowery


The holdup of the Sandy Bob stage line gives Earp an opportunity to trick the two factions of the Clanton gang into fighting each other. The stage was held up with two men killed and $80,000 in silver bullion on board. Earp and his deputies catch one of the men who states that Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius ordered the holdup without the knowledge of the Clantons or McLowerys. Earp with Virgil talks to Ike and Billy Clanton about the holdup implicating Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius while Doc Holliday tells Johnny and Curly that the Clantons and McLowerys want their share of the $80,000. The hope is that the two sides will turn on each other. Ike Clanton decides to inform on the location of the men who pulled the robbery for the $2,000 reward per man and to get even with Johnny and Curly. Earp acts on the information but a boy at the telegraph office reading a telegram to Earp tells Johnny and Curly. The pair warn the holdup men foiling Earp's trick and setting up a show ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wyatt Earp Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Wyatt Earp: [Closing Narration] The forces of law and order in Tombstone were left with no choice but a showdown. A stable yard called the O.K. Corral would be the scene of the most famous gunfight in the history of the old west. Thirty four shots would be fired with deadly intent. It would take just thirty seconds to determine whether the Clanton outlaws were to run Arizona or whether Wyatt Earp's long struggle to uphold the law would continue.
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The Legend of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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