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After hearing that some soldiers had to miss the performance Hugh O'Brian went to the front lines in his full Wyatt Earp costume complete with his double dropped loop holster sporting a pair of 7-1/2" Colt .45s, he preferred the Buntline Colts for photos.He did some gun spinning and the hand clap trick with a number of the soldiers, while in the line of fire; they loved it! O'Brian a little later that year and relayed the story the veteran told me; he remembered it, confirmed it and smiled.While he served in combat in Vietnam, the USO Tour had entertained the troops and Hugh O'Brian was among them.Even though his weekly Wyatt Earp role had ended a few years prior, he felt the troops would best know him portraying that character.

Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne and a host of others became huge box office sensations.But it was really the era of television where weekly serial westerns reigned, that spawned the nationwide interest in Fast Draw.Wanted Dead or Alive, Maverick, Paladin, Texas Ranger, The Rifleman, Lawman, Wagon Train, Johnny Ringo, Bonanza and Gunsmoke are just a few of the westerns that captured the imagination of Americans.This milestone achievement in film making was based on a true train robbery carried out by Butch Cassidy and the 'Hole in the Wall Gang' on August 29th, 1900, only 3 years prior.

Even though it was made on the east coast, it helped spawn a new motion picture industry in Hollywood, CA where weather was more dependable.

"Did Hollywood invent the western, or did the western invent Hollywood?