Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) is a film based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. It was directed by John Sturges and featuring a screenplay written by novelist Leon Uris, and the movie's supporting cast included Rhonda Fleming, John Ireland, Jo Van Fleet, Martin Milner, Dennis Hopper, Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef, DeForest Kelley, Earl Holliman and Charles Herbert.
The film is a loose Hollywood retelling of the gunfight and makes no pretense 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 fight bears no resemblance to the actual battle, which was a 30 second long, face to face affair with only a few firearms, not a medium-range, heavily armed shootout. Johnny Ringo (John Ireland) was not present at the OK Corral gunfight. He later killed himself. Ike Clanton brought murder charges against the Earps and Doc Holliday. The Cowboys claimed the Earps had killed the outlaws as they