Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp was a crude man with an unseemly start in the West, who gradually made his name as a lawman. Following the infamous shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona involving his brothers, Doc Holliday and the Clantons and the McLaurys and its fallout, Earp spent the rest of his days trying to clear his name as a vengeful brute, something which would not be done until after his death ironically by the very event which was  the impetus to his infamy. "Wyatt Earp" is another remarkable entry is PBS' American Experience Western Series. The mystified veneer of Earp created by countless films is stripped away and we are given an intriguing account of flawed western hero, abetted by wonderful archival footage, narration, and expert commentary.