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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…
Why I watched this movie? The 145th Danny Peary Cult Movie that I have watched of the 200 listed in his 3 Volume book series. This one is listed in Volume 2.
What is this one about? Another version of the famous Gunfight at the OK Coral.
My thoughts on this one? A quick look at my movie book that I used before Letterboxd was created....shows that I had seen this movie before.....but I had almost no memory of watching this one. Back then I rated this movie 2 out of 4 stars. That is a pretty low rating for what many people consider one of the best westerns ever made.
So....now that I am older and wiser......have I seen…
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…
Minute for minute, this may be my favorite Western of them all.
Commentary on the criterion blu ray offers a somewhat interesting look on the context of the movie and its production but unfortunately almost completely neglects Ford's artistry.
I just watch this again and what strikes me is that Ford is not interested in guns or actions. He is interested in every day life, in people, in the mood of the place. This is especially apparent in his post WW2 films. The plot is just means to the end.
He is interested in the community, in the forming of it, the structure of it and the rules around it. The church is a good symbol of that. It has a church bell and a floor but not much more than that. It is a society in the making, much like the church.
I think people who don't like Ford don't get that he did not care for violence…
John Ford really is a genius and this film only reinforces that.
Each of his later films seem to hold so many brilliant moments with so many fantastic actors it is unbelievable. I guess when I say later I mean everything from the late 30's on. I am unfamiliar with his prolific career before that, but from everything I've seen, he really learned to craft masterpieces.
This is one of his best. The photography here is just beyond great. The cast, the pacing, the scenery, its all just wonderful. Henry Fonda is always a force to be reckoned with in these films. So many repeat performances by other greats from earlier Ford movies and also Jesse James which starred Fonda too.
John Ford is definitely one of the masters and watching this it is not surprising that so many great directors look at his films so often to see how it is done right.
John Ford's last Western under contract with Fox is certainly one of his finest. The story documents the build-up to the famous gun fight at O.K. Corral, but Ford's film is not a taut A-to-B narrative. Made up largely of beautiful, amusing and poetic little digressions about the people drifting around the town of Tombstone, this is an unconventionally laid back and relaxed little tale. The story may be slack but Ford remains in told control of his picture, while his cinematographer Joe MacDonald shoots every image with a haunting beauty often reminiscent of film noir.
John Ford's 1946 masterpiece My Darling Clementine hits a lot of sweet spots for me. It has Ford's understated but lyrical Western direction, his work with smokey black and white photography was never better; it has limited setting, Tombstone, with a little bit of gentle comedy intruding on the macho plotting; it has laconic, hard-edged dialogue delivered by wonderful actors.
Before Ford really found John Wayne, his tough roles went Henry Fonda and I have always thought My Darling Clementine was one of his great performances; add in a never better Victor Mature and a support cast of Walter Brennan (spectacular, playing against type), Ward Bond and Tim Holt. It also has Linda Darnell, no more needs to be said.…
So, confession: This is the first Ford I've seen all the way through (I remember seeing some of Liberty Valance when I was very young). Anyway, I don't know what took me so long, because this movie is perfect. Some stray notes:
1. Has to be one of the greatest MOVIE movies - not a historical account or a political statement or an experimental examination of the nature of cinema, just a story beautifully told through photographic means.
2. For my first Ford, I was really surprised to see none of what I would have normally associated with the name Ford - namely, the rah-rah jingoism, the lack of subtlety, the sappy sentimentality. Instead, this film is a quiet, complex…
Second viewing. Criterion edition.
Fonda rocking/balancing himself on the chair, legs up, is the stuff movies are made of.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Well this is the third John Ford I've watched in just this season alone and I can say that I am definitely not a fan of his. Don't get me wrong, "My Darling Clementine" wasn't bad...but it wasn't great either and with Henry Fonda as part of the cast, that's rare. For starters, I'm just not that thrilled with the Wyatt Earp story as, apparently, everyone else in Hollywood seems to be. Honestly, there's just not much substance to it. Wyatt and his brothers are good, the Clanton's are bad and Doc Holliday fits somewhere in the middle, but mostly he's good. Then, in the middle act somewhere, there's a couple of girls fighting for Doc's attention and throughout the…