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Hollywood And the O.K. Corral: Portrayals of the Gunfight And Wyatt Earp Paperback – October 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0786426324 ISBN-10: 0786426322

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"A wonderful premise for a book that makes fascinating-and surprising-reading for students of history as well as film." --James Curtis, author of W.C. Fields: A Biography and James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters

"Nobody writes it better than Michael F. Blake, and [this book] is his best--so far." --Andrew J. Fenady, producer and writer of John Wayne’s Chisum (1970) and Western Writers of America Owen Wister Award Honoree (2006)

"Fascinating...a must read for western buffs and film aficionados alike." --Dan Gagliasso, documentary film director and Western Writers of America Spur award winner

"Fascinating." --Wrangler's Roost

"Fascinating...rich details...interesting." --Cowboys & Indians

About the Author

Michael F. Blake, an Emmy-winning makeup artist and leading film historian, has worked in the film industry for nearly fifty years. He has written for American Cinematographer, Performing Arts, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786426322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786426324
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a must own book for anyone interested in Western films.
James A. Dunham
Anyone who does enjoy western americana will find Michael Blake's fascinating study of Hollywood's Wyatt Earp and the O. K. Corral revealing, and downright fun.
Mark Dworkin
In fact, there are many never before seen photos throughout the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James A. Dunham on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
As John Ford's character in "A Man Called Liberty Valance" said, "This is the West, sir. When legend becomes fact, print the legend!" The movies have never tried to be accurate history. Time and money and often good story telling requires that some people and events will have their appearances altered by the film maker. But, the viewer seldom is in on the reasons changes are made and how the process took place. Michael F. Blake has changed all that, at least as far as the Earp/ Clanton street fight near the O.K. Corral.

This excellent new book not only tells you about the true history as compared to the movie versions, but gives a film maker's insite to many of the problems that happened before and during the filming schedule. With help from top Earp historian, Jeff Morey, Blake reveals for the first time in print the extreme dificulties incured during the making of the 1993 film, "Tombstone." This is a must own book for anyone interested in Western films. Bye the way, the few typos that slipped by proof readers, are not a reflection of the writer not knowing, but rather as in most books the first printing escapes with a few missed identifications or spelling errors.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cool on December 10, 2006
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Michael F. Blake's "Hollywood at the OK Corral" nicely fills a gaping hole in the literature on Wyatt Earp's transition from itinerant lawman, gambler, miner, horse thief, pimp, and con man to the iconic, legendary, and nearly mythical character he is today. The same goes for the evolution of the sudden and shocking street fight in Tombstone to today's metaphor for any vicious gun battle, firefight, or other spot where bullets seem to be flying from all sides. This progression for both the "gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and the one participant who remained standing, untouched by lead, and Hollywood's role in building and shapeshifting the legend, has been discussed and argued about at some length in biographies by Casey Tefertiller, Allen Barra, Tim Fattig, Steve Gatto, and others, and in surveys by George McDonald Fraser and others. But this is the first book-length examination, and it is packed with material not published elsewhere.

Right from the start, the O.K. Corral was the stuff of cinema. It was immediately preceded by what must have been one of the most visually arresting images in Western history, the walk down to destiny by Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan Earp and their ally Doc Holliday. That Blake understands this is clear: his book's cover displays the walkdown most familiar to today's audiences, that of four grim and superbly costumed lawmen played Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, and Bill Paxton from the movie Tombstone.

Blake begins by reviewing the argued-over facts of Wyatt's life, including the OK Corral. In order to accurately compare the "real" to the "reel," film historian Blake understands the importance of getting the history right.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dworkin on February 25, 2007
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If you can't enjoy this book, then you either don't enjoy the history of the Old West, or you have no interest in Hollywood westerns. Anyone who does enjoy western americana will find Michael Blake's fascinating study of Hollywood's Wyatt Earp and the O. K. Corral revealing, and downright fun. The story of the Earp/Tombstone legend in film is a recapitulation of how images of arguably the most famous gunfighter and the most famous gunfight have evolved. The author demonstrates how historical forces have changed interpretations on celluloid. Blake, author of the previously well-received Code of Honor: The Making of Three Great American Westerns (comprising of High Noon, Shane, and The Searchers) takes the reader through eight feature films covering the years 1939 to 1944.

McFarland, publisher of numerous fine books in the western film genre, does its usual fine work in presenting Blake's book in a high-quality trade paperback 7 x 10 format. The opening chapter of the book is a capsule history of events leading up to October 26, 1881, and what followed, including Earp's vendetta ride and later life. Blake incorporates the most recent scholarship in Earp studies into this eighteen page essay. Chapter 2 is a discussion of Hollywood's discovery of Wyatt Earp by, among others, silent film western star William S. Hart. It also introduces the influence of Stuart N. Lake's popular biography Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal. Lake's shadow will loom large in later productions. This chapter also includes a look at fictional Earps- Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon and Hugh O'Brian in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

The eight movies examined in detail are as follows:

1. Frontier Marshal (1939)

2. Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die (1942)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Fisher on January 8, 2007
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Michael F. Blake is my favorite author, and this book is one of the reasons why. This is a well researched book, and it shows his love for the cinema and history. At the same time, Michael doesn't write above the heads of his audience, like many film scholars do. He writes for the working class audience, which is most appreciated. This is a wonderful study of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and those who brought their stories to the screen.
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