Photography: United Artists
Photography: United Artists

Jason Robards co-stars as the legendary Doc Holliday.

Free for you to view on YouTube: Hour of the Gun, a 1967 drama directed by John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), and starring James Garner, Jason Robards, and Robert Ryan.

Garner went grim and gritty for Sturges’ revisionist western, a semi-sequel to the filmmaker’s earlier, more romanticized Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Long after the legendary 1881 shootout, Wyatt Earp (Garner) and buddy Doc Holliday (Robards) continue to clash with Ike Clanton (Robert Ryan) and his murderous flunkies in and around Tombstone, Arizona. For Earp, the peacekeeping process devolves into a personal vendetta after Clanton's men maim one of his brothers and kill another.

Garner told Sturges biographer Glenn Lovell that he welcomed the chance to portray the iconic lawman as something more ambiguous than an untarnished hero: “I saw [Wyatt Earp] as a vigilante out for revenge. He was a guy taken with his own power, who nobody could defy. He had no qualms about shooting those boys. ... I think the movie’s as accurate on that as any that’s been done.”