Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die

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Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Written byAlbert S. Le Vino (screenplay)
Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screenplay)
Charles Reisner (story)
Dean Riesner (story)
Based onTombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest (1927), by Walter Noble Burns
Produced byHarry Sherman
StarringRichard Dix
Kent Taylor
Edgar Buchanan
Frances Gifford
Don Castle
Rex Bell
Edited byCarroll Lewis
Sherman A. Rose
Music byGerard Carbonara
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 13, 1942 (1942-06-13)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die is a 1942 American Western film about the Gunfight at the OK Corral.[1][2][3] It is directed by William McGann and stars Richard Dix as Wyatt Earp, Kent Taylor as Doc Holliday and Edgar Buchanan as Curly Bill Brocious. The supporting cast features Rex Bell as Virgil Earp and Victor Jory as Ike Clanton.


Set in the legendary town of Tombstone, Arizona, the plot centers on former gunslinger Wyatt Earp, who helps the sheriff round up criminals. Earp becomes a lawman after he sees an outlaw accidentally kill a child during a showdown. Earp's brothers and Doc Holliday help him take on the outlaw and his gang. More trouble ensues when the sheriff becomes involved with the gang. Earp manages to get them on robbery charges and the situation finally culminates at the infamous O.K. Corral.



  1. ^ Blake, Michael F. (January 28, 2015). Hollywood and the O.K. Corral: Portrayals of the Gunfight and Wyatt Earp. McFarland. pp. 48–60. ISBN 978-1-4766-0677-4.
  2. ^ Boggs, Johnny D. (November 15, 2019). The American West on Film. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. pp. 191–192. ISBN 978-1-4408-6677-7.
  3. ^ Britz, Kevin; Nichols, Roger L. (August 23, 2018). Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City: Re-creating the Frontier West. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-6204-1.

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