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John  Henry  'Doc'  Holliday,  DDS
[1851-1887]

photo portrait of 'Doc' Holliday and 'Big-Nosed' Kate Elder, taken in Tombstone, Arizona circa 1880                short profile

non-fiction books
fiction books

movies & TV
other media

friends & family

links

               portrait of 'Doc' Holliday [1851-87]


"I found ['Doc' Holliday] a loyal friend and good company. He was a dentist whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long, lean blonde fellow nearly dead with consumption and at the same time the most skillful gambler and nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever knew."
Wyatt Earp

        John Henry Holliday was born 14 August 1851 in Georgia, where he received a strong classical education. He left home in 1870 for dental school in Philadelphia, and graduated in March 1872. He stood 5-foot 10-inches and in his youth weighed 160 pounds (at the end of his life he weighed roughly 115 pounds). He joined another dentist as a partner, but within months was diagnosed with tuberculosis (called then 'consumption'), was told that he had only months to live in wet & cold Georgia, and was advised to seek the dry & warm climate of the Southwestern U.S. to possibly extend his life a few years.
        He arrived in Dallas, Texas in September 1873, and opened a dental practice, but soon realized that his gambling was a better source of income. He got in trouble for some gunplay, and for his gambling, and soon left the state. He spent time in Denver, Cheyenne, and Deadwood, before returning to Fort Griffin, Texas, where he struck up a friendship with Wyatt Earp (and met 'Big-Nosed' Kate Elder, sometimes described as Doc's common-law wife).
        Both Wyatt & Doc drifted to the cowtown of Dodge City, Kansas where Wyatt got a job as deputy city marshal. Their friendship was cemented when Wyatt was surrounded by some gunmen and Doc ran them off; Wyatt credited Doc with saving his life that night. Dodge soon became respectable, and Doc and others drifted along. On 19 July 1879, Doc survived a gunfight in Las Vegas, New Mexico; the other man shot first and missed, Doc drew and killed the man, and was acquitted by a jury.

        The Earps settled in the silver-mining boom town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory in December 1879; Doc arrived in February 1880, and was soon caught up in the political war for control of the town. The famous Gunfight At The O.K. Corral took place in the afternoon of 26 October 1881; Doc killed Tom McLaury with a shotgun, and sustained a minor bullet wound on his hip. Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton also died of their wounds. Doc and the Earps were put on trial for the gunfight, but were declared justified by the judge.
        But the Clanton Gang could not let matters be, and assassins ambushed and crippled Virgil Earp in December, and shot and killed Morgan Earp in March 1882. Doc and Wyatt escorted family members to California, surviving a supposed ambush in Tucson by killing Frank Stillwell. Upon returning to Arizona, the Earps & Doc rode for revenge, in three weeks killing Curly Bill Brocius and at least two other men. With warrants out on them for the Stillwell killing, they fled to New Mexico, where Doc and Wyatt had a falling out; they continued to separate parts of Colorado Territory.

        Doc was arrested in Colorado on the Arizona warrants, and jailed for two weeks, but Colorado refused to extradite. He and Wyatt met on friendly terms in Gunnison, Colorado in June 1882. The high altitude of Colorado did not improve Doc's health, and in 1887 he settled in Glenwood Springs, hoping that the local waters would help. He died in bed on 8 November 1887 in Glenwood at the age of 36. Because it was dead winter, John Henry was buried in a temporary grave; the present location of his remains is uncertain.

★              ★

SIDEBAR: 'Holliday Homicide'
A constable attempted to serve a warrant on 'Mr. Holliday' in Athens, Georgia on Sunday 15 August 1873; Holliday ran off the constable with an axe
and refused to appear in court on Monday; on Tuesday the 17th, a posse of citizens formed and approached the house; Holliday fired on them
and was shot dead by the posse. Holliday was found to be armed with a shotgun, a rifle, a pistol and a bowie knife.

articles on the archive of the University System of Georgia Library [PDF files that require DjVu browser addon] from the Atlanta Daily Herald newspaper
online front page article 'The Holliday Homicide' of 19 June 1873
online followup/correction story on page 2 of 16 August 1873

★              ★

Doc Holliday entry at Wikipedia


Non-Fiction  Books
search books on keywords 'Doc Holliday' {returns 700+ titles} at Amazon

★              ★

Doc Holliday biography by John Myers Myers  "Doc Holliday: The Life of The Famous Desparado of The Old West" [1955]
by John Myers Myers

Long out of print and "perhaps the best biography of Doc ever written"
Kindle Edition from Bison Books [12/2013] for $10.49
Bison Books 8x5¼ pb [8/73] for $11.72
Bantam mass pb [1963] out of print/used
Little, Brown & Co. hardcover [1955] out of print/used
An Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday book by Glenn Boyer  "Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday: Gentleman, Gambler, Gunfighter" [1966]
by Glenn Boyer

63 pages, illustrated with 25 photographs
Reminder Publng pb [1966] out of print/scarce
In Search of the Hollidays book by by Albert S. Pendleton, Jr. & Susan McKey Thomas  "In Search of The Hollidays: The Story of Doc Holliday and His Holliday and McKey Families" [1973] by Albert S. Pendleton, Jr. & Susan McKey Thomas
Little River Press pb [1973] out of print/rare
Holliday, Masterson, Earp - Their Colorado Careers book by E. Richard Churchill  "Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp: Their Colorado Careers" [1978]
by E. Richard Churchill

Western Reflections Publng 8¼x5½ pb [2001] out of print/used
Timberline Books 8½x5½ pb [6/78] out of print/used

see also pages for Wyatt Earp [1848-1929] and 'Bat' Masterson [1853-1921]

Frontier World of Doc Holliday book by Pat Jahns  "The Frontier World of Doc Holliday" [1979]
by Pat Jahns, Introduction by Roger D. McGrath

Bison Books 8x5¼ pb [5/79] for $17.96
Dorset House Publng 8x5½ hardcover [5/97] out of print/80+ used
And Die in the West book by Paula Mitchell Marks  "And Die In The West: The Story of The O.K. Corral Gunfight" [1989]
by Paula Mitchell Marks

Univ OK Press 9¼x6 pb [9/96] for $11.75
Touchstone 9¼x6¼ pb [6/90] out of print/used
Wm. Morrow hardcover [7/89] out of print/used
Aristocracy's Outlaw Doc Holliday book by Sylvia D. Lynch  "Aristocracy's Outlaw: The Doc Holliday Story" [1994]
by Sylvia D. Lynch

Iris Press pb [1994] out of print/used
hardcover [8/00] out of print/used
Illustrated Doc Holliday book by Bob Boze Bell  "The Illustrated Life & Times of Doc Holliday" [1994]
by Bob Boze Bell

Treasure Chest Books 10¾x8¼ 2nd edition pb [10/95] for $28.95
Tri Star-Boze 11x8½ 2nd edition hardcover [10/95] for $39.95
author's booksite
Wyatt Earp Speaks! book edited by John R. Stephens  "Wyatt Earp Speaks!: My Side of The O.K. Corral Shoot-Out
- Plus Interviews with Doc Holliday & 'Bat' Masterson" [1998]
Edited by John R. Stephens

Fern Canyon Press pb [1/98] out of print/rare
publisher book page
Doc Holliday Family Portrait book by Karen Holliday Tanner  "Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait" [1998]
by Karen Holliday Tanner, Foreword by Robert K. DeArment

Kindle Edition from Univ Oklahoma Press [9/2012] for $9.99
Univ Oklahoma Press 8½x5½ pb [3/2001] for $15.77
Univ Oklahoma Press 9x6 hardcover [4/98] out of print/many used
Why Doc Holliday Left Georgia book by Gene Carlisle  "Why Doc Holliday Left Georgia" [10/2004]
by Gene Carlisle

This book is filled with speculation, innuendo, and boring non sequitur courtroom transcripts
– and almost NO facts — do not read or buy this tripe
Legend of the O.K. Corral by Ed Finn  "The Legend of The O.K. Corral" [2005] by Ed Finn
includes 35 photographs
Rio Nuevo 'Look West' Series 6¼x6 mini-hardcover [8/2005] for $12.95
Georgia's Doc Holliday book by Olin Jackson  "Georgia's Doc Holliday" [2006]
by Olin Jackson

Whippoorwill Publns 8x5½ pb [2/2006] out of print/used
Doc Holliday Life & Legend book by Gary L. Roberts  "Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend" [2006] by Gary L. Roberts
Kindle Edition from Wiley [5/2011] for $0.00
Wiley 8¾x6 pb [8/2007] for $14.37
Wiley 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/2006] out of print/50+ used
Hollywood and The O.K. Corral book by Michael F. Blake  "Hollywood and The O.K. Corral: Portrayals of The Gunfight & Wyatt Earp" [2006]
by Michael F. Blake

McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [10/2006] for $39.95

see also 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore's Wyatt Earp Page

Last Gunfight / the Shootout at the O.K. Corral book by Jeff Guinn  "The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of The Shootout at The O.K. Corral - And How It Changed The American West" [2011]
by Jeff Guinn

Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [5/2011] for $11.02
Simon & Schuster 8½x5½ pb [5/2012] for $14.21
Simon & Schuster 9¾x6¼ deckle-edge hardcover [5/2011] out of print/70+ used

http://www.amazon.com/Doc-Hollidays-Road-Tombstone-Holliday/dp/1413494978/
http://www.amazon.com/Fistful-Thorns-Michael-Crane/dp/0974591408/
http://www.amazon.com/Holliday-Outlaws-Lawmen-Wild-West/dp/0894905899/
http://www.amazon.com/John-Henry-Holliday-Folk-Heroes/dp/159036077X/
http://www.amazon.com/Last-Gamble-Doc-Holliday/dp/1571974008/


Fiction  Books
★              ★

Bloody Season / The O.K. Corral novel by Loren D. Estleman  "Bloody Season: A Novel of The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral" [1987]
by Loren D. Estleman

Jove mass pb [7/99] out of print/used
Bantam hardcover [1/87] out of print/used
The Lady and Doc Holliday novel by Preston Lewis  "The Lady and Doc Holliday" [1989 novel] by Preston Lewis
Consumptive gambler 'Doc' Holliday follows faro dealer Lorrie Deno to Griffin, Texas,
where he is in turn pursued by the prostitute Big Nose Kate.

Diamond Books 9x6 hardcover [10/89] out of print/used
Doc Holliday Gunfighter novel by Matt Braun  "Doc Holliday: The Gunfighter" [1997]
by Matt Braun

St. Martin mass pb [8/97] for $6.50
Fourth Horseman novel by Randy Lee Eickhoff  "The Fourth Horseman: A Historical Adventure" [1998]
by Randy Lee Eickhoff

Kindle Edition from Forge/Macmillan [11/2013] for $7.59
Forge mass pb [11/99] out of print/many used
Forge 9¾x6½ hardcover [2/98] out of print/many used
Doc Holliday's Gone novel by Jane Candia Coleman  "Doc Holliday's Gone: A Western Duo" [1999] by Jane Candia Coleman
A fictional account told by 'Big-Nosed Kate' Elder of her life with 'Doc' Holliday,
after she learns of his death.

Leisure Books mass pb [1/2002] out of print/50+ used
Gunsmoke Westerns 8x5¼ hardcover [10/2012] out of print/used
Five Star 8½x5¾ hardcover [11/99] out of print/many used
Gunman's Rhapsody novel by Robert B. Parker  "Gunman's Rhapsody: A Novel" [2001] by Robert B. Parker
Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, the O.K. Corral, this is most certainly a Western tale;
but it is also a deeply-affecting love story.

Berkley pb [3/2002] for $7.99
Putnam 9x6 hardcover [6/2001] out of print/many used
New Millennium UNABR audio CD [1/2003] for $34.95
New Millennium UNABR audio [1/2003] for $17.00
Bucking The Tiger novel by Bruce Olds  "Bucking The Tiger: A Novel" [2001] by Bruce Olds
Not a standard Western narrative, but a wild and experimental word-storm that
looks at Doc Holliday – the legend and the man – from every possible angle.

Picador 8¼x5½ pb [8/2002] for $17.22
FS&G 8½x5¾ hardcover [8/2001] out of print/used
Dodge City novel by Matt Braun  "Dodge City" [2006] by Matt Braun
A judge trying to mete out justice in booming cowtown Dodge City, Kansas runs afoul
of the Masterson brothers and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

St. Martin mass pb [5/2006] for $6.99
Borrowed Time novel by S.M. Ballard  "Borrowed Time" [2007] by S.M. Ballard
Kindle Edition from Treble Heart/Sundowners [2007 edition] for $2.99
Treble Heart Books/Sundowners 7¾x5¼ pb [5/2007] out of print/used
Holliday in Tombstone novel by S.M. Ballard  "Holliday In Tombstone" [2008] by S.M. Ballard
Kindle Edition from Treble Heart/Sundowners [2008 edition] for $2.99
Treble Heart Books/Sundowners 8x5 pb [3/2008] out of print/used
Death Takes a Holliday novel by S.M. Ballard  "Death Takes A Holliday" [2009] by S.M. Ballard
Fiction: When John Henry 'Doc' Holliday died at the age of 36, he left behind a son named Henry McKey Holliday. Henry grows up in a changing Arizona Territory, serves in the U.S. Army with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, then returns to Arizona to raise a family. But the West is not yet tamed, and rustlers kill three McKey Ranch cowboys and then longtime family friend Texas Jack Vermillion. Henry seeks justice from the county sheriff and then from the Arizona Rangers, getting no help until the arrival of an old friend.
Kindle Edition from Treble Heart/Sundowners [2007 edition] for $3.99
Treble Heart Books/Sundowners 8x5¼ pb [6/2009] out of print/used
'Doc Holliday's Dilemma' short story in Kindle format from by S.M. Ballard  
"Doc Holliday's Dilemma" short story for Kindle [2010] by S.M. Ballard
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [6/2010] for 99¢
Doc Holliday novel by Mary Doria Russell  "Doc: A Novel" [2011] by Mary Doria Russell
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [5/2011] for $11.99
Ballantine Books 8x5¼ pb [3/2012] for $10.20
Random House 9½x6½ hardcover [5/2011] out of print/many used
Holliday graphic novel by Nate Bowden & Douglas Dabbs  "Holliday" graphic novel [2012] by Nate Bowden, Illustrated by Douglas Dabbs
Very modern-day retelling of 'Doc' Holliday and the Erps {sic} in Tombstone, Arizona; the Erp brothers are lawmen who are also shaking down the local drug lords for money and drugs for the brothers's personal use; the gritty drawings reflect the noir tone of the tale.
Kindle Edition from Oni Press [5/2012] for $9.99
Oni Press 8¾x6 pb [5/2012] for $9.98

Prolific and popular sci-fi author Mike Resnick has recently expanded into the genre of Steam Punk Wild West, but his novels featuring
'Doc' Holliday and Wyatt Earp and Ned Buntline and 'Wild Bill' Hickok – plus zombies, dinosaurs, robots, and electric lighting –
really have no place here on a Western bookstore website. For the record the novels are: "The Buntline Special" [2010], "The Doctor
and The Kid" [2011], "The Doctor and The Rough Rider" [2012], and "The Doctor and The Dinosaurs" [2013].

"Southern  Son"  Trilogy
Author-scholar Victoria Wilcox is an expert on John Holliday's life, which has many gaps that frustrate historians, so she decided
to fill in those gaps by writing biographical novels, a trilogy under the title "Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday".

Inheritance biographical novel by Victoria Wilcox  "Southern Son Book 1: Inheritance - A Novel" [2013]
John Holliday was a teenager when the Confederacy was defeated; his vigilante activism against the 'carpetbaggers' got him into trouble, so he escaped to dentistry school in Philadelphia (1870-72).
Kindle Edition from Knox Robinson Publng [5/2013] for $7.69
Knox Robinson Publng 8¼x5¾ pb [12/2013] for $14.15
Knox Robinson Publng 9x6¼ hardcover [5/2013] for $20.96
Gone West biographical novel by Victoria Wilcox  "Southern Son Book 2: Gone West - A Novel" [2014]
A violent encounter in Georgia sends John Holliday fleeing westward, first to St. Louis then to Texas; his dentistry business fails, while he succeeds at gambling; but repeated violent events bring 'Doc' Holliday to silver mining boomtown Tombstone, Arizona with a reputation for sudden and deadly accurate gunplay.
Kindle Edition from Knox Robinson Publng [5/2014] for $9.99
Knox Robinson Publng 9x6 pb [3/2015] out of print/used
Knox Robinson Publng 9x6 hardcover [5/2014] for $18.82
The Last Decision biographical novel by Victoria Wilcox  "Southern Son Book 3: The Last Decision - A Novel" [2015]
The aftermath of the O.K. Corral shootout has 'Doc' Holliday and his friend Wyatt Earp fleeing for their lives, with warrants out for their capture. Seeking sanctuary in Colorado, Doc is besieged by legal battles and bounty hunters and the negative effects of the mile-high climate.
Kindle Edition from Knox Robinson Publng [3/2015] for $9.99
Knox Robinson Publng 9x6 hardcover [5/2015] out of print/used

Movies  &  Television
'Doc' Holliday portrayals listed on Internet Movie Database
search for Doc Holliday on DVD at Amazon

★              ★

"The Outlaw: The Story of Billy The Kid"
[United Artists Feb 1943]
still photograph from "The Outlaw" [1943] with Walter Huston as 'Doc' Holliday and Thomas Mitchell as Sheriff Pat Garrett  Gunfighter 'Doc' Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico, looking for his stolen horse. Sheriff Pat Garrett finds it in the possession of cowboy outlaw Billy the Kid. Doc and Billy become friends, the sheriff wounds Billy, and Doc asks his girlfriend Rio to hide Billy. Romance ensues, Billy assumes possession of both the girl and the horse, and the final show-down is expectedly tragic (and non-historical) • Produced & co-directed by Howard Hughes, co-directed by Howard Hawks; cinematography by Gregg Toland; music by Victor Young; starring Jack Buetel {as Billy}, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell {as Garrett}, Walter Huston {as Doc}, Ben Johnson & Mimi Aguglia
full credits from IMDbwatch [1:55:38] free online at Internet Archive
Platinum Disc b&w DVD [6/99] for $6.99
R.O.A.N. b&w DVD [10/99] for $12.99
Madacy Ent. b&w VHS [9/97] out of prodn/used
Starcuts b&w VHS [4/2002] out of prodn/used

★              ★

"Law and Order"
[Universal Feb 1932; Realart re-release 1950]
Law and Order 1932 movie poster directed by Edward L. Cahn, starring Walter Huston  Based on the Earp saga, using other names – famous lawman Frame Johnson and three friends arrive in lawless Tombstone, and the town's leaders ask them to take jobs as marshals. After witnessing murders by the ruthless Northrup gang, they accept. After further killings, the lawmen face down the gang at the O.K. Corral.
Directed by Edward L. Cahn; based on the novel "Saint Johnson" [1930] by W.R. Burnett; starring Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Russell Hopton, Raymond Hatton, Ralph Ince, Harry Woods, Richard Alexander, Russell Simpson & Andy Devine; re-issued as "Guns A'Blazing" [1950]
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb
blue-red 11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
blue-white 11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99

★              ★

"Frontier Marshal" [Fox Jan 1934]
Frontier Marshal 1934 movie poster directed by Lewis Seiler, starring George O'Brien  Directed by Lewis Seiler; adapted from Stuart N. Lake's book; starring George O'Brien {as 'Michael Wyatt'}, George E. Stone, Alan Edwards, Irene Bentley, Ruth Gillette, Berton Churchill, Frank Conroy & Ward Bond
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
★              ★

"Frontier Marshal" [Fox July 1939]
Frontier Marshal 1939 movie directed by Allan Dwan, starring Randolph Scott & Cesar Romero  Directed by Allan Dwan; based on Stuart N. Lake's book; starring Randolph Scott {as Wyatt}, Cesar Romero {as Doc}, Nancy Kelly, Binnie Barnes, John Carradine, Edward Norris, Eddie Foy Jr., Ward Bond, Lon Chaney Jr., Chris-Pin Martin, Joe Sawyer, Dell Henderson, Harry Hayden & Ventura Ybarra
Fox Cinema Archives b&w DVD [6/2012] for $19.98
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
★              ★

"Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die"
[Paramount June 1942]
Tombstone The Town Too Tough To Die movie poster directed by William C. McGann, starring Richard Dix  Directed by William C. McGann; starring Richard Dix {as Wyatt}, Kent Taylor {as Doc}, Edgar Buchanan, Frances Gifford, Don Castle, Clem Bevans, Rex Bell, Victor Jory & Chris-Pin Martin
video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb
★              ★

"My Darling Clementine"  [Fox Dec 1946]
My Darling Clementine movie poster directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda  Greatly-embellished version of the Earps and Clantons in Tombstone, ending with the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral • Directed by John Ford; based on Stuart N. Lake's book (above); starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature {as Doc}, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Jane Darwell & Grant Withers; listed at National Film Registry (1991)
Fox b&w DVD [1/2004] for $7.99
Fox b&w VHS [5/99] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
★              ★

'Stories of The Century' TV series episode 'Doc Holliday' - characters Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp, 'Doc' Holliday & Virgil Earp confront the Clantons  "Stories of The Century" Season 1, Episode 10 "Doc Holliday" [March 1954]
Kim Spalding portrays dentist Holliday, who wrecks a train with the Clanton Gang; that brings in the railroad detectives and leads to the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone • Directed by William Witney; starring & hosted by Jim Davis; also starring Mary Castle, Frank Richards, James Craven {as Wyatt Earp} & George Eldredge
episode credits at IMDbwatch episode online [25:59] at Internet Archive
★              ★

"Masterson of Kansas" [Columbia Pictures Dec 1954]
poster for 'Masterson of Kansas' 1954 Western movie  "Nobody draws faster than Masterson of Kansas" Filmed in Technicolor™; Kansas cattlemen frame Merrick for murder when he negotiates a treaty with the Indians giving them land that the ranchers covet; Dodge City sheriff 'Bat' Masterson asks for help from Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in locating Merrick before the cattlemen's bounty hunters do • Directed by William Castle; written by Douglas Heyes; starring George Montgomery {as Masterson}, Nancy Gates, James Griffith {as Doc Holliday}, Jean Willes, Benny Rubin, William Henry, David Bruce, Bruce Cowling {as Wyatt Earp}, Gregg Barton, Donald Murphy {as Virgil Earp}, Gregg Martell, Sandy Sanders, Jay Silverheels & John Maxwell
Sony Pictures Choice Collection color DVD [10/2012] for $20.95
full credits at IMDb
★              ★

TV screen shot of Douglas Fowley as Doc Holliday and Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp  "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" TV series [1955-61]
Black-and-white TV series that ran for six seasons. Starring Hugh O'Brian
{as Wyatt Earp}, Alan Dinehart III (as 'Bat' Masterson}, Douglas Fowley
{as Doc Holliday in 14 episodes) & Paul Brinegar
Rhino Theatrical b&w/color DVD [9/2005] 4 disks for $30.99
series credits at IMDbTV program theme song [runs 1 min. 39 sec.]

★              ★

"Gunfight At The O.K. Corral"
[Paramount May 1957]
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral 1957 movie poster directed by John Sturges, starring Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas  Captures the spirit of the legend, if not the facts • Directed by John Sturges; written by George Scullin & Leon Uris; starring Burt Lancaster {as Wyatt Earp}, Kirk Douglas {as Doc}, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland, Lyle Bettger, Frank Faylen, Earl Holliman, Ted de Corsia, Dennis Hopper, Whit Bissell, George Mathews, John Hudson, DeForest Kelley, Martin Milner & Kenneth Tobey {as 'Bat' Masterson}
Paramount color DVD [4/2003] for $9.98
Warner widescreen color VHS [2/97] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
★              ★

Gerald Mohr as Doc Holliday (from another TV show)  
"Tombstone Territory" [1957–60] Season 1, Episode 29
"Doc Holliday in Durango" [April 1958]

Gerald Mohr portrayed Doc Holliday • episode credits at IMDb
★              ★

"Badman's Country" [Warner Aug 1958]
Badman's Country movie poster directed by Fred F. Sears, starring George Montgomery, Buster Crabbe & Gregory Walcott  Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & 'Bat' Masterson try to prevent Butch Cassidy's gang from stealing a gold shipment on the railroad at Abilene, Kansas. Directed by Fred F. Sears; starring George Montgomery {as Garrett}, Buster Crabbe {as Wyatt}, Gregory Walcott {as Masterson}, Neville Brand {as Cassidy}, Russell Johnson {as Sundance}, Malcolm Atterbury {as 'Buffalo Bill' Cody} & Karin Booth
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb
★              ★

"Cheyenne Autumn" [Warner Oct 1964]
John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn movie poster directed by John Ford, starring Richard Widmark & James Stewart  The Dodge City sequence, with James Stewart as Wyatt Earp, was removed from later theatrical and TV prints, but is restored on the videos & DVDs. A starving band of relocated Indians decides to trek 1500 miles back to their homeland; the U.S. Army officer sent to force them back to the reservation learns to respect them, and decides to help them • Co-produced & directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; script by James R. Webb, adapted from two books; Oscar nom for Best Color Cinematography (filmed in Technicolor™ & Super Panavision 70™); starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo, Dolores del Rio, Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, Arthur Kennedy {as Doc Holliday}, Patrick Wayne, Elizabeth Allen, John Carradine, Victor Jory, Mike Mazurki, George O'Brien, Sean McClory, Judson Pratt, Carmen D'Antonio, Ken Curtis, James Stewart {as Wyatt Earp}, Edward G. Robinson, Harry Carey Jr., Denver Pyle, Ben Johnson & Mae Marsh
The Souix Indian warriors were portrayed mostly by Navajo Indians from the Monument Valley location; they were asked to speak in their language for certain scenes, to make up the dialogue; the joke is that an accurate translation shows them making fun of the 'bluecoat' officers' genitalia.
Warner widescreen color DVD [2/2007] for $17.99
Warner color VHS [7/94] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb

Cheyenne Autumn novel by Mari Sandoz  "Cheyenne Autumn" [McGraw-Hill 1953] by Mari Sandoz [1896-1966]
A proud band of relocated Northern Cheyenne leaves the Indian Territory (Oklahoma)
in 1878 to return to their ancestral homeland in Yellowstone, a trek of 1500 miles.
Bison Books 8x5 2nd edition pb [10/2005] for $13.22
Bison Books 8x5¼ pb [2/92] for $12.71
Tandem Library 8¼x5½ hardcover [10/99] for $24.55
"The Last Frontier" [1941] by Howard Fast [1914-2003]
M.E. Sharpe/North Castle 9x6 pb [2/97] for $23.95

★              ★

"Hour of The Gun" [Mirisch/United Artists Nov 1967]
Hour of The Gun movie directed by John Sturges, starring James Garner & Jason Robards Jr.  Considered by some a sequel to Sturges's 1957 movie (above), this version of the Earp saga begins with the famous Tombstone gunfight and shows the aftermath of tragedy, self-doubt, and court trials endured by the Earps.
Produced & directed by John Sturges; written by Edward Anhalt; cinematography by Lucien Ballard; music by Jerry Goldsmith; starring James Garner {as Wyatt}, Jason Robards Jr. {as Doc}, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi, William Windom, Lonny Chapman, Larry Gates, William Schallert, Bill Fletcher, Karl Swenson, Austin Willis, Monte Markham, Richard Bull, Sam Melville, Frank Converse & Jon Voight
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [5/2005] for $12.99
M.G.M. color VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [5/2005] for $15.98
full credits from IMDb
★              ★

"Doc" [United Artists Aug 1971]
Doc 1971 movie poster directed by Frank Perry, starring Stacy Keach & Harris Yulin  Consumptive gambler & gunfighter Doc Holliday and his companion Kate arrive in the town of Tombstone and find old friend Wyatt Earp employed as the town marshal • Produced & directed by Frank Perry; written by Pete Hamill; starring Stacy Keach {as Doc}, Harris Yulin {as Wyatt}, Faye Dunaway, Michael Witney, Denver John Collins, Dan Greenburg, Richard McKenzie, John Bottoms, Ferdinand Zogbaum, Penelope Allen & Philip Shafer; won Spur Award for Best Western Script
M.G.M. Home Video color DVD [6/2009] for $9.49
M.G.M. Home Video color VHS [11/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
screenplay: Paperback Library mass pb [1971] out of print/used

★              ★

"Wild Times" TV movie [indep Jan 1980]
Wild Times 1980 TV movie  Filmed in New Mexico; 2-part color TV movie of 3 hours & 15 minutes based on Brian Garfield's 1978 novel; Dennis Hopper portrays 'Doc' Holliday, who is the heavy ('bounty hunter and killer') attempting to capture Wild West show star Col. Hugh Cardiff (Sam Elliott) amid the madness of his travelling show • Co-produced & co-adapted by Don Balluck; directed by Richard Compton; also starring Ben Johnson, Bruce Boxleitner, Penny Peyser, Timothy Scott, Trish Stewart, Harry Carey Jr., Buck Taylor, Pat Hingle, Geno Silva, Marianne Marks, R.L. Tolbert, Cameron Mitchell, Leif Erickson & L.Q. Jones
Anchor Bay color VHS [12/89] out of prodn/used
Prism Home Ent. color VHS [2005] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Wild Times biographical novel about fictional Col. Hugh Cardiff by Brian Garfield  
"Wild Times: A Novel - The Truth and Authentic Life of Col. Hugh Cardiff" [1979]
by Brian Garfield

Kindle Edition from Open Road Media [12/2011] for $4.39
Simon & Schuster 9½x6¾ hardcover [1/79] out of print/50+ used
★              ★

"I Married Wyatt Earp" TV movie [N.B.C. Jan 1983]
I Married Wyatt Earp tv movie directed by Michael O'Herlihy, starring Marie Osmond & Bruce Boxleitner  The sheriff and the town marshal of wild Tombstone, Arizona vie for the love of a pretty saloon singer • Directed by Michael O'Herlihy; starring Marie Osmond, Bruce Boxleitner {as Wyatt}, John Bennett Perry, Ross Martin, Alison Arngrim, Jeffrey DeMunn {as Doc}, Joe Rainer, Dee Maaske, Earl W. Smith, Randy Wells, Joe Corcoran, Charles Benton & Tom Assalone
Legacy Ent. color DVD [3/2005] for $4.99
full credits from IMDb
★              ★

"Tombstone" [Hollywood Pictures Dec 1993]
Tombstone 1993 movie poster directed by George P. Cosmatos, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer & Sam Elliott  A local gang of cowboy outlaws fights back when the Earp brothers enforce the law in Tombstone; story covers the arrival of the Earp clan & Doc Holliday, the famous gunfight, and the aftermath vendetta • Directed by George P. Cosmatos; cinematography by William A. Fraker; starring Kurt Russell {as Wyatt}, Val Kilmer {as Doc}, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Jon Tenney, Stephen Lang, Thomas Haden Church, Dana Delany, Paula Malcomson, Lisa Collins, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joanna Pacula, Harry Carey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton, Tomas Arana, John Philbin, Robert John Burke, Billy Zane, Peter Sherayko, Buck Taylor, Terry O'Quinn
Disney Video widescreen Director's Cut color DVD [1/2002] 2 disks for $22.99
Disney Video widescreen color DVD [12/97] for $14.99
Disney Video color VHS [11/94] for $8.99
Intrada Records soundtrack CD [2/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie posters at AllPosters.com

"The Making of Tombstone" video [2002]
included on the 2-disk DVD above; full credits from IMDb

★              ★

"Wyatt Earp" [Tig/Warner June 1994]
Wyatt Earp 1994 movie poster directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Kevin Costner & Dennis Quaid  Less about Tombstone and the famous gunfight, and more about Wyatt's life from childhood and the strong family dynamic of the Earps.
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Lawrence Kasdan; co-produced by & starring Kevin Costner {as Wyatt}; also starring Dennis Quaid {as Doc}, Gene Hackman, David Andrews, Linden Ashby, Jeff Fahey, Joanna Going, Mark Harmon, Michael Madsen, Catherine O'Hara, Bill Pullman, Isabella Rossellini, Tom Sizemore {as 'Bat' Masterson}, JoBeth Williams, Mare Winningham, Rex Linn, Randle Mell, Adam Bald-win, Lewis Smith, Betty Buckley, Alison Elliott, James Caviezel, John Dennis Johnston, Norman Howell, Gabriel Folse & Kris Kamm; won Spur Award for Best Western Script; locations included Chama, Galisteo, Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Las Vegas, Rancho de Los Golandrinas, and the Santa Clara, Tesuque & Zia pueblos of New Mexicofull credits from IMDb
Warner widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2007] for $9.99
Warner widescreen color Special Edition DVD [5/2004] 2 disks for $25.49
Warner widescreen color DVD [5/2006] single disk for $6.99
Warner widescreen color Expanded Edition VHS [4/95] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
Warner color VHS [6/95] 2 tapes - out of prodn/many used

"Wyatt Earp: Walk With A Legend" 'making of ...' TV short [Tig/Warner 1994]
Written & produced by Meg Staahl; included on the 2-disk DVD above; full credits from IMDb

"It Happened That Way" 'making of' video [Warner May 2004]
Produced by Raúl Dávalos & Elizabeth Dollarhide; included on the 2-disk DVD above; full credits from IMDb

★              ★

"Wyatt Earp: Return To Tombstone" 1994 TV movie with colorized flashbacks from the TV series  "Wyatt Earp: Return To Tombstone" [indep July 1994]
Starring Hugh O'Brian {as Wyatt}, Bruce Boxleitner, Paul Brinegar, Harry Carey Jr. & Bo Hopkins; using colorized footage from the TV series of Douglas Fowley {as Doc}, John Anderson {as Virgil Earp}, Ray Boyle {as Morgan Earp}, Rayford Barnes, Steve Brodie, Lloyd Corrigan {as Ned Buntline}, Bob Steele & others
DVD not available • Orion Home Video color VHS [8/94] out of prodn/used
credits from IMDb
A&E Biography Doc Holliday  
"A&E Biography: Doc Holliday" documentary [A&E Biography 2004]
A&E Home Video DVD [4/2006] for $24.95
episode credits at IMDb
Wyatt Earp's Revenge video release  "Wyatt Earp's Revenge" [Sony Home Video release March 2012]
Wyatt Earp & 'Bat' Masterson & Doc Holliday team up against the bad-guys in a Dodge City, Kansas that has mountains in the background (filmed in Agoura and Santa Clarita in California) • Co-produced & directed by Michael Feifer; starring Val Kilmer & Shawn Roberts {as Wyatt}, Matt Dallas {as Bat}, Levi Fiehler {as Bill Tilghman}, Wilson Bethel {as Doc Holliday}, Diana DeGarmo & Trace Adkins
Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [3/2012] for $7.83
full credits at IMDbwatch official trailer [1:38] at YouTube
★              ★

"Wild Guns"  
[Hollywood Gang/Warner Bros. release someday?]
Announced 4/2011: spec script by T.S. Nowlin; shortly after the Civil War, legendary gunslingers Wyatt Earp
& Doc Holliday team-up to rescue Sitting Bull's daughter, who has been kidnapped by a powerful shaman
with mysterious powers • still in development 2017 • latest info at IMDb


Other  Media
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Sundown play poster for Adobe Theatre in Albuquerque, NM  "Sundown: The Musical" [2004]
A musical stageplay version of the Gunfight At The O.K. Corral. First Western U.S. staging in April 2008 at the Adobe Theatre Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Music by Peter Link, lyrics by Larry Rosler, book by Joe Bravaco & Larry Rosler
Sundown musical play soundtrack   "Sundown" musical play soundtrack [2004]
with the cast from a production at York Theatre Company in New York City; music by Peter Link, lyrics by Larry Rosler, book by Joe Bravaco & Larry Rosler
Original Cast Records music CD [12/2004] for $16.95
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Outride The Devil filmed one-man show starring John Christopher 'Kit' Hussey  "Outride The Devil: A Morning With Doc Holliday"
A terrific one-man stage show: Frail but feisty Doc Holliday [1851-87] recounts
his life to the other patients one morning at a Colorado nursing home; filmed
live performance at Arlington, Texas

Directed by Brian Greene; written by & starring John Christopher 'Kit' Hussey
V.C.I. widescreen color HD-DVD [1/2007] for $13.49
full credits at IMDb
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 album on CD  "Doc Holliday" British one-album band [1973]
While American guitarist Frank Carillo was in London in 1973 to work with Peter Frampton, he formed this psychedelic rock band and produced a vinyl album of 8 tracks; the album may have been just a demo as only two 'radio copies' are known to exist. Fanpage on Angelfire includes one MP3 file {with sound problems}.
Old Ereck's In-A-Gadda-Da-Records "Doc Holliday" fanpage
'Doc Holliday Southern rock band & album 'Song For The Outlaw'  
Southern rock band "Doc Holliday" [1981-2011]
search CD albums on keywords 'Doc Holliday' {returns 24 titles} at Amazon
band entry at Wikipedia

Friends  &  Family
John Henry Holliday was born in Georgia in 1851 and died in Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 1887 at age 36.

fellow lawman & gambler Wyatt Earp [1848-1929]

fellow lawman & gambler William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson [1853-1921]

Holliday's cousin by marriage was Atlanta-born Margaret Mitchell [1900-49], who wrote "Gone With The Wind"


companion Mary Katharine 'Big Nose Kate' Horony Elder Cummings [1850-1940]
met Doc in 1877, split up circa 1882
Kate's entry at WikipediaArizona Pioneer Home biography of Mary Cummings

Big Nose Kate Elder at Prescott, Arizona in 1878            sepia portrait of Big Nose Kate Elder, circa 1880            common photograph of Big Nose Kate Elder, circa 1890 (cropped)

Doc Holliday's Woman book by Jane Candia Coleman  "Doc Holliday's Woman" [1995] by Jane Candia Coleman
A reworking of the 1930s interviews by Boyer & Bork, told with the skills of a novelist.
Warner Books mass pb [9/96] out of print/used
Warner Books 9x6 hardcover [5/95] out of print/50+ used
Paper Trail of Big Nose Kate pamphlet by Angel M. Brant  

"On the Paper Trail of Big Nose Kate" [2008] by Angel M. Brant
xerox-copied sheets self-published September 2008; published by Chickadee Publng of Spokane WA 9/2009 {ISBN is untrue, valid only for Amazon}
self-publd plastic-spiral-bound 11x8½ sheets [2008] out of print/quite rare

'Kate' Western Romance short story for Kindle  
"Kate" short story [2010] by S.M. Ballard
Fiction based on the lives of 'Doc' Holliday and 'Big Nose Kate' Elder; not a straight
Western short story, but one drawn in the soap opera and women's romance genres.

Kindle Edition from Goose Flats/Blue Moon [1/2010] for $2.99


gambler Lottie Deno {among many names} [1844-1934]
Carlotta J. Thompkins was born in Kentucky; her father was a wealthy horsebreeder and gambler, who took his daughter on trips and taught her how to gamble; during the Civil War, Lottie worked along the Mississippi River. She arrived in San Antonio, Texas in 1865 and paired up with fellow gambler Frank Thurmond; they worked around Texas during the frontier's bison hide boom, including Fort Griffin, where she took on the name 'Lottie Deno' (short for 'dinero') and associated with 'Doc' Holliday and the Earps. Lottie & Frank settled in southwest New Mexico Territory in 1877; they married in 1880, moved to Deming, New Mexico in 1882, gave up gambling, and became prominent citizens.
Lottie's entry at Wikipedia

Story of Lottie Deno - Her Life And Times book by J. Marvin Hunter  "The Story of Lottie Deno: Her Life And Times - The Mysterious Aristocrat Who Became A Lady Gambler and Female Daredevil" [1959] by J. Marvin Hunter
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [9/2010] for $11.87
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2010] for $31.96
The 4 Hunters 9x6¼ hardcover [1959] out of print/used
Lottie Deno Gambling Queen of Hearts book by Cynthia Rose  "Lottie Deno: Gambling Queen of Hearts" [1994]
by Cynthia Rose

includes contemporary accounts and rare period photographs
Clear Light Publng 8½x5½ pb [2/94] for $8.00
Clear Light Publng 8¾x5¾ hardcover [2/94] for $17.99
Pistols, Petticoats & Poker book by Jan Devereaux  "Pistols, Petticoats & Poker: The Real Lottie Deno, No Lies or Alibis" [2009]
by Jan Devereaux, Introduction by Robert G. McCubbin

High-Lonesome Books 9x6 hardcover [2/2009] out of print/used
publisher's bookpage

L i n k s
'Doc' Holliday entry at Wikipedia
'Doc' Holliday portrayals listed on Internet Movie Database
search for Doc Holliday on DVD at Amazon

Gunfight at The O.K. Corral website
Gunfight at The O.K. Corral 125th Anniversary Celebration [Oct 2006] website

Online Guide to Historic Leadville, Colorado - article on 'Doc' Holliday after Tombstone
Doc Holliday Society website [last update 2003] based in Griffin, Georgia
defunct Doc Holliday Days [1998-2003] were held in Holliday's birthplace of Griffin, Georgia
Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum [built 1859, restored 2003] in Fayetteville, Georgia

S a l o o n s
Big Nose Kate's Saloon [built 1881], 417 E. Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona
Doc Holliday's Saloon, 517 E. Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona
Doc Holliday's Steakhouse & Saloon, 950 No. Grand Canyon Blvd. in Williams, Arizona
Doc Holliday's Saloon [2011-2013], 138 Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa, California 94509
Doc Holliday Casino [2008-2013?], 131 Main Street in Central City, Colorado
Doc Holliday Saloon/Tavern in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
J. Henry's Restaurant (features pictures & memorabilia of Holliday) in Historic Griffin, Georgia
Doc Holiday's {sic} Saloon & Grill [est. 10/2011], 9510 No. Government Way in Hayden, Idaho
Doc Holliday's Saloon & Steakhouse, 308 W. MacArthur Drive in Cottage Hills, Illinois
Doc Holliday's Saloon, 2551 Anthem Village Dr in Henderson, Nevada 89052
Doc Holliday's Saloon, 9310 So. Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada
Doc Holliday's, 141 Avenue A in the East Village, New York City
Doc Holliday's Saloon & Grill, 110 Limekiln Road in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
Doc Holliday's Saloon, 112 Second Ave North in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee
Doc Holliday's Saloon, 5354 Doniphan Drive in El Paso, Texas

★              ★

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