In Early Arizona (1938)

Genres - Western, Action, Adventure  |   Release Date - Nov 2, 1938 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 53 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

In Early Arizona was western star Bill Elliot's first effort for Columbia Pictures. Not yet "Wild Bill" Elliot (as he would later be billed), the actor is cast as Whit Gordon, who rides into Tombstone Arizona to help keep the peace. Elliot is appointed sheriff, making him the particular target of every fast gun in the territory. Though clearly based on the career of Wyatt Earp film is careful not to violate the copyright on Earp's life story, which then was held by 20th Century-Fox. In fact, contrary to previous published reports, the name "Wyatt Earp" is not mentioned at all in In Early Arizona; only the designation of Tombstone itself was in the public domain.



bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, justice, lawman, outlaw [Western], town