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My Darling Clementine
"My Darling Clementine" is John Ford's retelling of the famous shoot out at the OK Corral that arose from the the Earp Clanton feud.
I've heard a lot about you, too, Doc. You left your mark around in Deadwood, Denver and places. In fact, a man could almost follow your trail goin' from graveyard to graveyard.
- Wyatt Earp
I remember a long time ago when pretty much the only way I'd be able to watch older films would be to hope that they'd show on TV. I'd check the listings in the TV guide a week in advance and then flick through the planner setting everything to record, I probably found at least two things a day that the internet deemed 'good'. The reason I mention this is because a lot of John Ford's classics would play during the weekdays alongside the other…
One day, there will be a depiction of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the stories of the Earps, the Clantons, and Doc Holliday that accurately captures not just the spirit of their now legendary lives but also the facts. This is not that film. Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance could be the thesis statement of his work here in My Darling Clementine, in which he depicts the legend that Hollywood birthed regarding Wyatt Earp. I am no expert--I have read a sparse few essays, stories, and critiques about Tombstone and other depictions, but never the direct sources--but I know that this seemingly pivotal moment in American history was nothing of the sort until it hit the big…
A Western. That's enough to get me all giddy. A Western from John Ford. Hold me, I'm fainting!
After his young brother James was killed and his cattle herd stolen near Tombstone, Wyatt Earp and his brothers decide to stay in the town until they can bring the bandits to justice. Henry Fonda plays the town's new sheriff Wyatt Earp and he's awesome. Victor Mature as Doc Holliday is equally as great. Tombstone is the worst town imaginable, the perfect representation of the savage old west. Gun shots are as commonplace as whiskey. Violence is rampant. The town is called Tombstone after all and if that's not enough, one of the biggest graveyards can be found here. John Ford makes…
“They're dead. I ain't gonna kill you. I hope you live a hundred years... so you'll feel just a little what my pa's gonna feel. Now get out of town - start wandering!”
-Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda)
In this retelling of the infamous tale of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, titled My Darling Clementine and helmed by legendary Western director John Ford, Henry Fonda takes up the mantle of the infamous Wyatt Earp.
First things first, it pays to remember that this ‘retelling’ is very loose on genuine historical accuracy of the events depicted, instead opting for a dramatized account of the much versed tale. Whilst details could be seen as scarce anyway, regarding the truth of the fight…
"Ma'am, I sure like that name: Clementine."
It's not easy to watch this one with pure eyes. I saw Tombstone at least twice in the theater back in the 90's (at a time when I, as a college student, almost never went to the movies at all). I have seen it probably a dozen times since, so that version of the Wyatt Earp legend has been burned on my brain - especially Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday.
Ford's version is a lot more compact; as best I can tell, it only covers a few days' time. The Earp brothers come into town, tangle with the Clantons, befriend Doc, encounter Clementine, and shoot it out at the OK Corral. Then Wyatt rides…
"Maybe when we leave this country, young kids like you will be able to grow up and live safe." ~ Wyatt Earp
The legendary lawman known as Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (1848-1929) provided the model for a staple role of TV and cinema -- the stalwart man of law and order, who dispenses justice from the barrel of a gun. He was first feted by George O'Brien as a loosely disguised Earp character named Michael Wyatt in 1934's "Frontier Marshal," which was remade with Randolph Scott starring as Wyatt Earp in 1939. Hugh O'Brien brought the role to television for 222 episodes of "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" in 1955~61, and Burt Lancaster made Earp bigger than life…
Directed by John Ford Starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature and Walter Brennan.
A classic western film, John Ford carries the actors in exactly the shape he wants (like Alfred Hitchcock with James Stewart and Cary Grant). Henry Fonda is no doubt a thorough performer in this great classic as Wyatt Earp. All characters give their brilliant performance. The way friendship bondage is solidified between Henry Fonda (as Wyatt Eart) and Victor Mature (as Doc Holiday); I guess it is one of charming scenes films usually give to audiences such as in John Woo's Hard-Boiled between Chow Yun-Fat (as Inspector Tequila Yuen) and Tony Liung Chiu-Wai (as Tony).
Film contains brilliant shots of west particularly that of scenery of Monument-Valley (trademark of John Ford in most of his western-films).
Howard Hawks by way of John Ford.
John Ford's take on the OK CORRAL shoot-out isn't the fluffy fun time the title and opening credits would lead you to believe, but is actually a noir tinged oater soaked in mood and sudden bursts of deadly violence. There's no happy endings here and Ford keeps things chugging along until the masterful final shoot out which doesn't have a musical score, but is propelled by a masterful use of sound effects and silence.
An okay western with good acting. Okay but not great.
"When ya pull a gun, kill a man."
Henry Fonda is perfectly cast as Wyatt Earp in this beautifully shot, pretty realistic take on the Shootout at the OK Corral. It's not one of the best westerns ever but I had a lot of fun with this one and it deserves more credit than it gets.
Francois Truffaut described Ford as "an artist who never said the word 'art', a poet who never mentioned 'poetry'." I won't incur the wrath of Ford's ghost by mentioning either term, but I think his work on My Darling Clementine speaks for itself.
There's not a single thing I didn't like about this gem of a western. Great characters & performances, even the smaller parts, a beautiful film score and black & white photography, some great action, some funny scenes (Wyatt reeking of cologne), and there are two pretty women and two fabulous leading men. I think Henry Fonda plays his role to perfection. I love how he is this man of justice, determined and strong-willed, but then when Clementine is waiting for him to take the lead and invite her to dance, you see how uncomfortable he is. Just love that scene. This is a western I will be watching more often. And now I cannot get that song out of my head!
I am still giving this a very favorable score, but I am somewhat confused about the reverence with this film. Would not make my personal top 5 John Ford films.
Could be the greatest western ever?
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…