1. She states that Tombstone has gone to a lot of trouble to preserve the way the town looked back in the day. In fact, Tombstone burned almost to the ground after the Gunfight, so almost nothing there today is “authentic”.
2. It’s entirely possible that Doc went to Dallas to treat his tuberculosis, and only discovered after he arrived that the city sits on the banks of a river and is very humid. (I grew up in Dallas.). That’s not a historical mistake so much as a case of, as Rick put it in “Casablanca “, being misinformed.
3. How can she mention just about every film about the Gunfight, and compare the performances of various actors, without even mentioning Dennis Quaid’s stunning performance?
I respect the work she put into this project. I just can’t agree with all of her conclusions.
There’s no need to try to correct her on your first point. Tombstone did in fact go to great lengths to preserve the period look. In fact a massive plan was rolled out 50 years ago that restored the... more
I watched this a while ago and the three things that come to mind right now are the fact that I love that she travels to the locations Doc did to get a better sense of his life. I recall in particular... more
….. at least until about 1882 seem more related to him trying to find poker games without being arrested, jailed or fined. If you follow Holliday’s travels prior to Tombstone , he has a long and repeated... more
I’ve read that after failing to establish his dental practice in Dallas, Doc traveled to Jacksboro, TX, to play poker and got into trouble there. My great-grandmother lived near Jacksboro (in a town called... more
I was referring to when he left his dental practice in Griffin Georgia after being diagnosed. That was when he reportedly headed west, at least in part, for “drier climes” as advised by his doctor. Which... more
If the son of a white man prominent in the community killed a black kid right after the Civil War, he wouldn’t need to flee. He could reasonably expect to be acquitted—or not even charged—since the local... more
Very accurate summary. The yankee occupation army had a very tight grip on the former confederate states. Basically it was a martial law environment with southerners being subjected to a military... more
Karen, At a young age, I became interested in Doc. We were both born in Griffin, and attended the same church. The preacher at the 1st Presbyterian told me that a famous man named John Henry Doc Holliday... more
Apologies, I did not see your message until just now. I will keep an eye out for it, thanks for the heads up! So do you think Val Kilmer got the accent right? Or at least a feasible representation?... more