Over at the great “If Charlie Parker Were A Gunslinger…….” blog they have posted a terrific picture of Wyatt Earp in his old age, round about the time I suspect he was a “consultant” on Hollywood movies. Is that what they called it back in the teens and twenties? Anyway, back when he was trading lies with John Ford and apparently telling him exactly how the OK Corral shoot-out went down, which account Ford then said he used years later for “My Darling Clementine”.
Well men, especially old men, can say whatever the hell they want and I’m sure no one was going to challenge Wyatt Earp’s version of events. Even when this picture was taken, when he must have been in his seventies, he looks like he could get out of that chair and tar your ass, kid.
I’m sure Ford had a fine old time drinking and jawing with the former Marshall — and former teamster, gambler, real estate speculator and gunslinger. I’m sure Wyatt had plenty of stories. I’m also fairly sure that the movie Ford made bears little resemblance to what happened in Tombstone of that famous day. Still when the legend becomes fact print the legend right….?