And they were willing to do this with a gun. He was arrested two times and charged with stealing when he was a young man.
However, he later became a deputy United States marshal, a law officer. On July fourth, eighteen eighty-eight, a man named Ed Prather began shooting his gun in the street in Farmer City, Kansas. People ran away in fear. Tilghman made him stop. Prather left the street angry and went into a drinking place. He began drinking alcohol and making threats. Later, Tilghman went into the drinking place looking for Prather. Prather put his hand on the gun he was carrying.
Tilghman told him to move his hand away from the gun.
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When he did not obey, Bill Tilghman pulled out his gun and shot Ed Prather two times. He died immediately.
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He served in many other towns. Often, all he had to do was walk into a room to stop a fight. Outlaws feared and obeyed him. Most criminals stayed away from a town where Bill Tilghman was the marshal. Bill Tilghman was shot to death on November first, nineteen twenty-four. He was trying to arrest a man who had been drinking too much alcohol. He was seventy years old and still working as the marshal of Cromwell, Oklahoma.
His life had lasted exactly the seventy years of the American Wild West.
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He served as a marshal in Tombstone, Arizona. He took part in one of the most famous gunfights in American history -- the gunfight at the OK Corral. Wyatt Earp was once asked how to win a gunfight. He said a good gunfighter took his time. He said he had to go into action as quickly as possible -- as fast as he could move. But then he should take his time with the shooting. He said a successful gunfighter could not let fear or anything else force him to shoot too soon and miss the target. Missing the target could get him killed.
Wyatt Earp was very successful. He was only wounded once in a gunfight. He is one of the few successful gunfighters who lived to old age. He died in nineteen twenty-nine. He was eighty-one years old. Was it one of the famous lawmen? Was it Bill Tilghman, or perhaps Wyatt Earp? Or was it one of the outlaws?
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But children always knew he was a friend. The inspired teaming of a cowboy and an Indian was a paradigm of racial harmony. Subsequent versions appeared in and , and a TV series debuted in and ran for nine years. The western was in trouble in the s, so when Blazing Saddles rode into theaters, fans wondered if it signified a genre revival or the last nail in its coffin. Ten years later, it was still the highest-grossing western in history.
Moviegoers were used to seeing the U. Cavalry ride to the rescue, battle trumpets blaring. John Ford wanted to take a more in-depth look at a typical regiment; the day-to-day work of soldiers in remote outposts, their personal lives, and how they cope with the constant threat of attack.
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Snowy River made those scenes inspiring again. Critics shrugged; audiences fell in love.
With the exception of its opening sequences, The Ox-Bow Incident was shot almost entirely with painted backdrops and artificially created light and shadow. The closed-in feeling suits this dark story of a lynching of innocents and its repercussions among the town folk. In their final collaboration, Stewart hunts down the men who sold guns to the Apaches, resulting in the death of his brother.
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