tv Legends Lies The Real West FOX News April 25, 2015 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT
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on the north american plains, opportunity calls men of courage to chase the west into a new frontier. they would nave nation and lay hold of their destiny and forge a new mythology but with the passing of time, every myth has its reckoning. john henry holiday, known to america as a drifting gamblear,
deadly gunman and iconic side kick to a legendary lawman. and behind every legend lies the truth. >> there is much more to doc holiday than a legend. the truth is john henry holiday is a notorious out law, long before he meets wyatt earp. born into a family of means, he's highly educated. he has his life in front of him, a life he chooses to regret. >> expansion west is in full spring, 7 years after the end of the civil war, the american frontier is being established, while the south continues to rebuild. in atlanta, one of the cities hardest hit by the union, a
young john hen reholiday has made the through unskaithed. he grad waits at just 20 years a old. >> he grad waits so early that it was difficult for him to set up practice because he wasn't old enough yet. he was good. >> doc holiday was the epitome of a southern gentleman, which meant he was mannerly and hot tempered and bigoted, all the things that go along with living in the south during the civil war and reconstruction. >> you want me to hold him down, doc? >> that won't be necessary. i will put something on your gums to dull the pain. >> the only time i'm not nervous is when i'm working on someone's teeth. that's how i know dentistry is
my calling. that's my favorite too. can you hold still just for another second, we'll be eating some peach pie before you know it. >> as dr. holiday reaps the benefits of his superior life, he struggles to find his own success in the growing west. >> i find that holiday was beginning his dental practice, wyatt earp was actually in a arkansas at that time as a horse thieve. >> the penalty for horse
thieving is hanging and that is what motivates wyatt earp's move. >> he winds up in dodge city, kansas. >> son of a -- >> dodge city, of the 1870s was one of the most notorious frontier towns. it was a town with no law, where buffalo hunters, soldiers made hay of the town every night. >> where are you going? >> you had your fun, get your dirty hands off of me. >> i ain't even started yet. >> wyatt earp has the perfect
combination of justice to be a pump. so, he make as profit and a name for himself that same time. >> he calls himself a business man but he was looking for the next big opportunity to make a living in this new frontier. >> unlike how he is portrayed in movies, he is not always on the right side of the law, from his days as a horse thieve, to a pimp, he will do whatever it takes for a pay day. >> holiday becomes one of the most respected dentists in town. >> it will be just another minute. >> are you all right, doc? >> i do beg your pardon.
[ coughing] you better go. >> he loses his good reputation just as soon as he gains it. his promising future gone from a lingering cough. six years before opening his practice in atlanta, young john loses his mother to tuberculosis or what's commonly called consumption. >> they called it consumption because it sort of consumed you, it was a long, slow disease and eat you away from the inside out. the classic way to die was really to suffocate.
we know that doc holiday had a very close relationship with his mother, something he really needed, that gave him stability, when he died when he was just a teen, that would have been a devastating blow. ♪ >> holiday's violent coughing fits keep his patients away. a visit to the family doctor confirms his worst fear. >> i'm afraid it appears to be consumption. try to get as much as exercise, if possible. not lot you can do about it
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i'm afraid it appears to be consumption. >> in georgia, dentist, john henry holiday vents his rage over a life not going as planned. >> you need to go to a drier climate may help -- >> he is forced to make fresh start. >> we know he moves to dallas, most believe for the dry climate to preserve his health but it's something about the wild west that in his desperate state seems to appeal to doc holiday. rather than die bed ridden, he
heads west, to, as they say, die with his boots on. >> $400. well, i should probably just fold but something tells me all you've got is a pair. i call. >> gambling took up the occupational void and he was good at it. the problem with gambling, particularly in those ways, sometimes you were charged. >> even a broken clock is right. >> son of a -- >> i am afraid to defend myself.
these cowereds kick me because they know i am down. i haven't a sense, i have few friends, they will murder me, yes, before they are done. with his body getting weaker, holiday knows he must find a way to protect himself. [ gun shots] >> son of a -- >> a lot of times all you need in the west was reputation and doc counted on that. it wasn't that he wanted to fight, he wanted people to know that he could. >> holiday embraces the danger, the lawlessness of his new protepr profession, preparing himself for whatever it might bring.
holiday's life begins an endless cycle of gambling and drinking, riding the highs and lows for months at a time. frequenting saloons and take up a an on again off again relationship with a prostitute. and engaging in things across the west. >> i paid for three fingers, i expect to get my money's worth. >> and that is three fingers. >> you dare to question my verasty. [ gun shot]
>> you crazy son of a -- >> i know how much three fingers is. >> holiday's alcoholism brought out another person. masterson said he was a hard person to look, especially when he was in the cups. >> after the confrontation on new year's eve, he heads to texas, perfect for a man like doc to lose himself. but 300 miles north of dodge city, the former pump finds himself cleaning up a tough town and wearing a badge. and that's where he starts to earn his reputation as a man not to mess with. but the life of a deputy marshal is a low paying, dangerous job.
>> you may have made a few dollars a day, may have made a monthly living, but you were just making ends meet. >> the opportunistic law man needs to supplement his living. so, he meets up with the out law all the way to fort griffon and the legendary meeting. >> him and his boys might have been this way. >> you might try that gambling dentist over there.
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>> name's wyatt earp. i'm looking for someone. >> despite his being labelled as a righteous law man, he is, simply stating, a hustler. and he and his legendary companion might not have met if not for the search. >> one of the worst card players i've ever seen. >> but you haven't seen him since? >> no, sir. even if i had, i don't make it a habit of discussing other man's affairs with the law. >> i gave my word that i'd bring
in dave rudiba and i intend to do that one way or another. >> mr. earp, do you know why dirty dave was a bad card player? he was predictable. creature of habit. he came here from kansas. i bet you he's there now. >> i think earp would look for allies in people who really wouldn't care what he's up to morally and would align with him to do what he needed when he needed it and doc holiday took that. >> grateful for the tip, wyatt heads out tracking his warrant while doc faces off with bailee, a well known gamblear on the circuit. >> you go from boom to boom
because that's where the money is at. >> as a gamblear, he was playing cards with very dangerous individuals and wouldn't tolerate being pushed around or cheated. >> you know that's against the rules to play poker. >> i ain't doing nothing. >> damn you. >> edb bailee is well liked but people are outraged. and his murder marks doc
holiday's reputation as a cold blooded killer. holiday is arrested while an angry mob is outside. >> get out here, holiday. >> amidst the chaos, doc holiday has someone outside. >> he's the very definition of co dependent. they were better together than apart, but they were terrible together. >> she has a plan. >> wyatt earp, help.
[ screaming] >> you all right, man? ♪ >> well, boys, it's been fun. >> with jake's help, he manages to get out of fort griffon alive and heads to dodge city. a well known spot on the gambling circuit. the news reaches all the way to washington d.c., where the press calls it a wicked little town. home to gamblears, hustlers, doc
doc holiday, a tough town for gamblears and worse for a man like earp. >> you bastards throw dwrourn w down your weapons. >> do what he says, boys. >> business is done here. what's the matter, wyatt, you losing your touch? come on, grab a chair. i'm going to take all your money. >> well, you can try. >> wyatt earp is out manned and out gunned and out of the
shadows steps doc holiday to save his life. this is the beginning of the west's most famous friendship. and the truth is without wyatt, doc has even less left to live for. >> i heard of the target on his back as a lawman and he looks for a way out west to look for a living. he joins his brothers in tombstone, arizona on the heels of the gold rush. >> i decided to move to tombstone which was just building up a reputation. >> but the earps are too late. tu tombstone has everything except
a strong lawman. so, they work that for money. and now earp is a u.s. deputy marshals and promptly depue ties his brothers. >> because of the proximity to the mexican border, tombstone is the hub of cattle thievery. and in come the earps, and the two opposing forces. >> these were guys who were living the cowboy life who didn't want to see the movement of big business or mining corporations. the very civilizing forces that the earps represented. it's a conflict between two forces. >> that looks like a u.s. army mule. how did you come by it?
>> i got it here legally. >> i don't care. i just want the government's property back. >> got a problem here boys. putting noses in places they shouldn't be, there's a chance they could get shot off. >> you boys riden. >> the accusation that you were stealing a mule, and that wasn't just accusing of a criminal, but the lowest of the low. and that incident really starts out in setting up the bad blood between the two groups. during the falloff 1880, tension between the earps and the cowboys only escalates when doc joins wyatt in tombstone. of course, stories of his killing have already been escalating. >> it was certainly a fear
factor. people respected him and didn't want to tangle with him. he had the aura of being a killer. >> i've got credit for more killing than i ever dremnt of but you will find that whenever i have been charge would murder, i have always been a long way off. >> before long, his reputation catches up with him. two innocent people are killed during a violent stage coach robbery and rumors are swirling that doc holiday may be one of the murders are. >> i hear he killed two people. >> didn't even give them a chance. he shot that --
>> the next person who dares to slander me and call me a murderer, i will be forced to oblige. >> with a $3,600 reward for the capture of the killers, wyatt and his brothers make sure they're on the sheriff's posy. and all of them widely members of the cowboy faction. [ laughing] >> hey, look at the tumble weeds that just rolled into town. why don't you guys go inside, i'll buy you guy as drink. >> he knows his connection to the cowboys is his chance to catch the killer and possibly a
>> in the violent boom town of tombstone, doc holiday and wyatt earp track down a killer, beyond the $3,600 reward. doc wants fame and earp wants the sheriff's salary plus the reward. >> there's $3,600 tin for you, you give me the cowboys, i give you the reward money. you have my word. >> he gives up the location of the robbers and knows that as soon as his fellow cowboys find
out that he sold out his friends, he's a dead man. the talking gets to him and after a night of talking, he gives up the earps. >> kill me some earps, going to need me some earps, you too, doc. >> a threat is new. virgil earp hears about these threats and is now determined to crack down on ike. >> mr. holiday, wake up, wake up. mr. holiday. >> ike clinton is making trouble. he's been out there howling like a coyote all night, saying he's going to kill an earp. >> i read about a coyote howling in the woods once. it's supposed to be a warning but the truth is they only howl when they're scared.
[ coughing] ♪ >> gentleman, good morning. >> ike clanten's been shooting off his mouth. we aim to shut it. and you're not going to leave me out, are you? >> this is none of your affair, doc. >> well, that is a hel of a thing for you to say to me. >> when the earps made up their mind, for doc, it was a no brainer. he was going to back their play no matter what. >> okay, by the powers vested in me, i now hereby declare you a
special deputy. >> do i get one of those? >> i will give you one better. all right. let's go to it, boys. >> virgil had other deputies but he doesn't take those deputies, he takes his brothers, wyatt and morgan. and then he takes doc holiday, this is like taking a match and a lighter with a gas can. >> throw up your hands . i'm here to disarm you. throw up your hands. >> this iconic moment of the real west has becokcome known a the gun fight that okay cural.
>> many historians agree that doc is the first to kok his weapon and one of the first to pull >> the gunfight at the ok corral like nothing ever happened. >> when the gun smoke clears, three cowboys are dead. the rest are scattered. doc holiday and the erps are just getting started. dr. scholl's freeze away wipes 'em out fast with as few as one treatment. freeze away! dr. scholl's. the #1 selling freeze brand.
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>> this fam this famous fwun fight is the most legendary is shootout of the u.s. but the truth is, it lasts just 30 seconds. and only three are killed. >> wyatt, who stood his ground is not hit. holiday and the erps can claim victory for the moment. but they all know this is far from over. a movant later, he recovers, but just two months later, morgan is shot in the back. oregon earp does not survive the night. >> doc holiday, wasting away
from his ill nvns eness, joins wyatt for what will become their last mission together. >> this is where wyatt falls off the radar and becomes the killer. >> true to his word, wyatt's vendetta ride will leave a trail of blood across arizona taking out the remaining calvaries. >>. >> it wasn't my reckoning. this was holiday's retrobugs, as well. this was his friend that was murdered by these people. he also wanted to seek justice. >> after 26 days, four more cowboys are killed. the vendetta ride is over. his vengeance satisfied, wyatt heads further west. still looking for that one, big score.
doc holiday spends his last three years gambling. >> doc holiday represents the inequity that lies inside of all of us. >> mr. wyatt earp. >> when wyatt passes through denver, two old friend e friends get to meet again. >> this is my wife, josephine. >> charmed, i'm sure. >> pleasure. it shows that no matter who we are, or what we may become, there's always the possibility of us becoming someone else. doc holiday, turned ruthless
>> a gentleman who knows the frontier. >> the biggest misconception about doc holiday is that he was wyatt earp's side kick. the truth is doc is his own man. doc holiday's anger fuelled by a life cut short by thieves sends him west. desperate to die on his own terms. for 15 years, he lives in the shadow of certain death, finally dying at age 36. in his web, countless lives took the brunt of his wrath. and in the end, doc holiday proclaimed just one true friend. >> not many men would do what you did. >> they see it. they'll kill us. >> did you get your revenge? >> we gave you something to remember. >> the war is on:
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