Television: High in the Saddle

Shotgun in hand, six-shooters at his sides, Wyatt Earp (rhymes with burp) rode coolly this week into a Dodge City dirt street crackling with the bullets of the Old West's 30 top gunmen, hired as killers by two feuding stagecoach lines. He rode on the highest saddle in TV—third place (after the Ed Sullivan Show and / Love Lucy) in the latest Trendex popularity ratings for all U.S. network television.

Earp, who used a ruse and one burst of buckshot to disarm all 30 ruffians, symbolizes not only the gunfighting marshals who tamed the...

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