See what happens when the real Western gunfight history of El Paso, Texas comes alive on this video! It was a time and place called the most dangerous in the American Old West. El Paso storyteller and author, Leon Metz, narrates this exciting half-hour video about the late1800’s when El Paso was a 24-hour-a-day roaring frontier. El Paso’s colorful history spanning some 25 turbulent years is covered in this exciting color video on VHS.
See the El Paso reenactor group “Six Guns & Shady Ladies” create the moments, complete with STEREO GUNFIRE of these famous El Paso gunfights:
“El Paso Gold, Gunfights of the Old West” was recorded and produced entirely in digital stereo on DVCAM. See the vivid colors and hear the sounds just like the real events from Old El Paso. Narrator Leon Metz describes how the intersection of El Paso and San Antonio Streets is at the heart of Old El Paso. He also calls it the most dangerous intersection in the Old West.
This intersection is where three of the most notorious Old El Paso gunfights occurred, and two were reenacted on the original locations for this video program. The “Six Guns & Shady Ladies” group absolutely look and act the part of the original El Pasoans from those gunfighter days. The famous “Four Dead in Five Seconds”, which also originally happened at this same intersection, is reenacted at an Old West frontier restaurant behind El Rancho Escondido on the outskirts of El Paso. The realism on this video, “El Paso Gold, Gunfights of the Old West” is eerie, and remember it is in stereo. Also loud at times.
The most famous of all gunfighter arguments in El Paso happened in 1895 between John Wesley Hardin and El Paso Constable John Selman. The “Six Guns & Shady Ladies” group also performed this event at the Old West frontier town. The inside bar scene makes you feel like you are there. See an amazing slow motion shot from Selman as he blows away Hardin, who had reportedly killed 40 men in his gunfighter career. A freeze of that video action is below:
“Six Guns & Shady Ladies” cast members pose with Leon Metz in the alley where John Selman was gunned down.
Here’s the first shot fired by Constable John Selman. It hit Hardin in the back of his head, which ended the dice game.
Alice Abbot (L) and Etta Clark (R) argue over ‘working girl’ Bessie Colvin (C), which leads to a ‘shady lady’ gunfight, reenacted here on the spot where the original event occurred.
On August 19, 1895, the last thing John Wesley Hardin says is “Brown, you have four sixes to beat” as he rolls dice with a local farmer to see who buys that fatal round of drinks. Then Constable John Selman walks into the Acme Saloon on San Antonio Street in El Paso and fires four shots at Hardin.
‘Reenaction’ is directed by Ed Kriegel for “Six Guns & Shady Ladies”. The program was produced, directed, videotaped and edited at Capstone Productions Inc. by the “Polk gang,” of Jackson, Barnard, and Andrew.
This program contains violent scenes, but that’s what happened in Old El Paso. Viewer discretion is advised. At times you have to tell yourself “it’s only a movie.” And don’t forget to play it with your stereo sound connected.