The Shooting Starts 

A tavern keeper finds himself losing business to another bar owner whose niece recites poetry to customers. He has the backing of the Ten Percent Ring and other saloon owners. He wants the not only the saloon but the niece for a year.


Paul Landres


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Episode cast overview:
Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp
Douglas Fowley ... Doc Holliday
Morgan Woodward ... Shotgun Gibbs
Barney Phillips ... Lou Rickabaugh
Diane Jergens ... Edith Peterson
Leo Gordon ... Miggles Hannegan
Joe Bassett Joe Bassett ... Jack Tyler (as Joseph Bassett)
Troy Melton ... Barkeep
Edith Leslie Edith Leslie ... Big Dora


Lou Rickabaugh owner of the Oriental Saloon is a close friend of Earp. His underage niece Edith has come from San Francisco to work there reciting poetry and doing comedic skits which customers have found entertaining. She is drawing the business and it is hurting the other saloon owners including the Miggles Hannegan place. Hannegan is involved with the Tucson Ten Percent Ring as are other bar owners. Hannegan gives Rickabaugh one day to sign a contract he provided selling the Oriental Saloon to Hannegan for half its worth. Rickabaugh tells Earp about it but refuses to allow Earp to help him fearing the impact on Earp although Earp wants to help. Edith hearing about the problem believes Earp should do more based on her view of the law. Although Rickabaugh won't tell Earp the whole truth, Earp learns Hannegan may be after Edith and Edith tells Earp the truth about the Ten Percent Ring. Hannegan breaks up the Oriental and Earp verifies his suspicions about Edith. Earp starts the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Wyatt Earp Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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During the episode, Edith identifies herself as Edith Peterson, but the character's name is listed in the closing credits as Edith Rickabaugh. See more »


Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] The citizens of Tombstone expected Marshal Wyatt Earp to keep the peace with a minimum of violence. Wyatt himself tried to avoid rough stuff whenever he could. But when Lou Rickabaugh's niece, Edith, came to work at the Oriental Saloon as a lady elocutionist, war erupted between the town's rival gamblers and in Wyatt's efforts to suppress the violence, Miss Edith was no help at all.
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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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