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Law and Order (1932)

Three years after his death Wyatt Earp hit the screen as a character, albeit with a different name, in what some critics have hailed as his best on-screen interpretation and the best depiction of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Walter Huston stars as Frame “Saint” Johnson, described in the film as “the killingest peace officer that ever lived.” He reluctantly takes on the job of U.S. marshal to clean up Tombstone, Arizona. That means taking on the Northrup family, a fictionalized version of the Clantons. Huston’s son, John, co-wrote the script based on a novel by crime-story specialist W.R. Burnett. Harry Carey co-stars as a version of Doc Holliday.

d. Edward L. Cahn, 75m, DCP

World Premiere Restoration courtesy of Universal Studios in collaboration with The Film Foundation

Co-presented by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures