I'm not sure how people who live, presumably, in LA can think that Pasadena was surrounded by miles and miles of nothingness in 1929. Especially given that its train station is practically [i]in[/i] downtown Pasadena; it's about six blocks from the center of town, if that. I should know. I went to high school about another six blocks beyond it.
Also, Wyatt Earp died in January, 1929, actually in Los Angeles. Accompanied by his common-law wife, Josephine Marcus, as the narrator reminds us at the end of [i]Tombstone[/i]. No affair with a young woman whose mother was a prostitute. (And raise your hands, everyone anticipating the villain, poor Malcolm McDowell, being her father.) He was dead before that Academy Awards ceremony--not yet the Oscars; not "Oscars" for a few more years.
Tom Mix, played adequately by Bruce Willis here, was in fact one of the pall bearers at Wyatt Earp's funeral, though his career in the sound era never quite reached the heights it did in the silents. (He was in [i]Destry Rides Again[/i], playing Jimmy Stewart's father, though.) Nowadays, hardly anyone remembers him. I mean, I do, but I'm special that way.
The Hollywood this movie tries to paint for us probably never really existed. For a start, I find it rather unlikely that Tom Mix (who was from Pennsylvania originally) just sort of wandered around in his cowboy outfits, wearing guns. There also doesn't strike me as much call for horses in Pasadena of the era; it's never been zoned for them, at least not since that started being something you zoned for.
Our Heroes' ages are wrong, too. Tom Mix, in fact, was nearly fifty and Wyatt Earp about 80 at the time the movie was set. Both actors are far too young. James Garner [i]now[/i] is about the right age. And again, Josephine Marcus--who never left her husband's side--is notably missing, so that Wyatt Earp can be emotionally attached to the young Mariel Hemingway--who is frankly largely famous because of who her grandfather was.
This isn't a good movie. Still, it's light, entertaining fare, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in. It's also remarkably tame for a movie set in large part in a brothel and among prostitutes.