GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL
Filmed near Apache Junction, Arizona (Peralta Road) Nov/Dec 1956
122 Minutes - Released in theaters May 30, 1957
Directed by John Sturges
Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, DeForest Kelly, Frank Faylen, Earl Holliman, Ted de Corsia, Whit Bissell, George Mathews, John Hudson, Martin Milner, Kenneth Tobey, Joan Camden, Olive Carey, Brian G. Hutton, Nelson Leigh, Don Castle, John Ireland, Lyle Bettger
BEHIND THE SCENES:
This is the movie that started the dream of Apacheland™ and a search for the perfect spot to create a 1880's wild west town. Gunfight at the OK Corral was actually filmed at Old Tucson Studios the tail end of 1956 for the majority of the film, but if you examine the scenes that were filmed at the Clanton Ranch as well as the final gunfight scene, they were actually filmed entirely on location at Apache Junction off Peralta Trail near the old Quarter Circle-U Ranch and the Peralta Trailhead. Paramount Pictures built the temporary movie set just outside the old Quarter Circle-U on state-trust land. The remnants of the foundation walls can still be seen today. There are some spectacular scenes showing Superstition Mountain, Kings Ranch Road, Peralta Road and the Quarter Circle-U Ranch in Gold Canyon / Apache Junction, Arizona.
This film is a fictional retelling of the gunfight and makes no attempt at historical accuracy. Virgil Earp was already a deputy U.S. Marshal when he arrived in Tombstone, while Wyatt had little, if any, legal authority. Wyatt came to Tombstone with a common-law wife, whom he later sent away to stay with his family—in order to get her away from opiates. His brothers were also married at the time. The gunfight in this movie bears little to the actual battle that took place, which was only 30 seconds long. It was a face to face throw-down with only a few personal hand-weapons, not the medium-range, heavily armed shootout portrayed in the movie. In real life, Johnny Ringo was not present at the OK Corral gunfight and was later found dead beneath an old tree of suicide. Ike Clanton filed murder charges against the Earp's and Doc Holliday because he claimed the Earp's had killed his unarmed-men as they attempted to surrender. The coroner and witnesses presented conflicting evidence to the courts about whether the Cowboys had their hands in the air or guns in their hands or were trying to draw their weapon when the fighting started. Morgan and Virgil Earp were seriously wounded and Doc Holliday was grazed by a single bullet from Billy Clanton while Wyatt Earp walked away without a scratch.