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I Married Wyatt Earp (1983)

TV-PG | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 10 January 1983
Based on the memoirs of Josephine Marcus Earp, a young opera singer from San Francisco, this docudrama tells the story of how she became the wife of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.


Michael O'Herlihy


I.C. Rapoport (television story), I.C. Rapoport (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Osmond ... Josephine 'Josie' Marcus
Bruce Boxleitner ... Wyatt Earp
John Bennett Perry ... John Behan
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Doc Holliday (as Jeffrey De Munn)
Alison Arngrim ... Amy (as Allison Arngrim)
Ross Martin ... Jacob Spiegler
Ron Manning Ron Manning ... Virgil Earp
Josef Rainer Josef Rainer ... Morgan Earp (as Joe Rainer)
Charles Benton Charles Benton ... Ike Clanton
Earl W. Smith ... Frank Stillwell (as Earl Smith)
Ron Chapman Ron Chapman ... Marsh Williams
Elayne Stein Elayne Stein ... Mama Speigler
Dee Maaske Dee Maaske ... Mattie Earp
Linda Rae Jurgens ... Louisa Earp (as Linda Jurgens)
Donna Brown Donna Brown ... Allie Earp


Based on the memoirs of Josephine Marcus Earp, a young opera singer from San Francisco, this docudrama tells the story of how she became the wife of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

10 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me case con Wyatt Earp See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1981 but not broadcast until 1983. See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'Tron' (2002) See more »

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Love nest at the OK Corral
20 August 2005 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

Since the whole gunfight at the OK corral has been done before, this attempts a look at the Wyatt Earp back story. Concentrating on his love affair and eventual marriage to singer, Josie Marcus.

Unfortunately, this is just not as interesting as the gunfight and plays very much like Hallmark card western. Or perhaps like an episode of old TV series like 'Bonanza' or 'The High Chaperal,' where the talk always dominated any action.

But the main fault is that the leading character, the future Mrs. Earp is downright dull. Marie Osmond might have a pleasant singing voice, and since there are two musical interludes, I assume this is one of the reasons she got the part, she is just not a good actress.

In fact her role of Josie is so wet and feeble, it beggars belief she would be the reason two men are so crazed about her and fall hopelessly in love with her. She comes across as more a young Dorothy from the 'Wizard of Oz' rather than the strong independent woman the script is trying to make her out to be.

And since the film revolves mostly around her relationship with Wyatt Earp, it also makes her the weak link. The other Earp brothers hardly get a line between them and only Doc Holiday has a little bit more to do.

The film tries for a sweeping grandiose epic feel of a momentous event in western lore but just ends up been slow. The denouement with the villains takes an age to arrive.

With true classic films like 'My Darling Clementine' & 'Gunfight at the OK Corral,' and even the more recent 'Tombstone' to compare this to, it comes off very poorly. And you'd be advised to watch any or all of the others mentioned for a much better version of what happened at the infamous OK corral.

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