On Film, Dallas
John Henry Holliday, aka Doc Holliday, the notorious gunfighter, gambler and guzzler practiced his dentistry and honed his card playing expertise in Dallas during the 1870s before he found permanent fame at the OK Corral. He was considered a very good dentist, having qualified at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. As patients started to dwindle when the coughing from his tuberculosis scared them off, he turned to card playing and developed a good game in the saloons of Dallas. This city was also the site of Holliday's first gunfight from an argument with saloonkeeper "Champaign Charlie" Austin. Neither man was able to hit the other though both fired several shots but Holliday and Austin were arrested and peace was restored. Holliday allegedly did shoot another man dead a few days later and immediately left town, heading west with a posse not far after him.
Holliday went on to become well skilled with a gun and a knife and was involved in three gunfights in a very short span of time, leaving another man dead. In 1876 he was careless enough to kill a soldier from Fort Richardson which then brought the Army, U.S. Marshals, Texas Rangers, and local lawmen and citizens, who were anxious to collect the reward offered for him. In Dodge City, Holliday actually saved Wyatt Earps life and the two became friends. The Earps and the Doc's paths crossed again in other wild west towns and in Tombstone, Arizona, Doc and the Earp brothers faced off with the Clanton family in the "Gunfight at the OK Corral."
The Doc died in a hotel room in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 1887. Wyatt Earp said of the Doc "He was the most skillful gambler, and the nerviest, fastest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever saw."
Val Kilmer play the 'Doc' in the movie Tombstone in 1993.
The Deep Ellum Film Festival is held in October.
This is Texas' fastest growing film event as well as being the premier independent film festival in Dallas. Aapproximately 300 films have been screened at the festival which have also included a first look at independent films such as Academy Award Nominated documentary Spellbound, Bill Paxton's directorial debut Frailty, Griffin Dunne's Lisa Picard is Famous, Guillermo Del Torro's The Devil's Backbone, E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire, Lantana starring Barbara Hershey, In the Bedroom starring Texan Sissy Spacek, and Chris Smith's American Movie.