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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…
"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…
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…
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…
Great looking John Ford western but the story is a little too sappy with less attention paid to the Clantons and more to the romantic entanglements of Earp and Holliday. Also, Victor Mature is one of the weakest Doc Holliday's though Fonda and Brennan are excellent in their roles.
Overall a classic film, but a bit slow leading up to the climax.
"When do we start?"
A good ol' fashion gun slinging, yoddle dancing, fiddle and piano playing western from the master of the genre himself, John Ford. Ford was on fire in the 40's with classics like Grapes of Wrath, Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The perfect Americana to his more controversial turn in the 50's with he likes of The Searchers. Beautifully shot in black and white with the classic back drop of mountains and desert (as Ford usually always shot on location around the West) He spins the tale of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday in the small town of Tombstone, leading up to the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Henry Fonda is Earp, playing the Fonda male type…
Top notch Western, directed by the one and only John Ford. I'd personally consider this one of his best.
The film is a dramatized story of the famed Gunfight at the OK Corral. When the film begins, we see an unnamed cowboy (Henry Fonda), who turns out to be Wyatt Earp, as he leads his herd of cattle across the plain. The meets a couple of men, who offer to purchase his cattle from him. He declines, then heads to the nearby town of Tombstone.
Shortly after arriving, he finds one of his sons dead and his cattle stolen. Thereafter, he becomes the reluctant lawman - a job he declined not too long before - in this seemingly-lawless town.
The film is well-paced/acted/directed. Highly recommended for fans of Westerns.
I've seen bits and pieces of this before, but this is my first time going through the whole thing start-to-finish and I'm frankly ashamed it took me so long to watch it. Easily one of John Ford's finest Westerns, it may be my personal favorite.
And to think I once avoided this simply because I scoffed at the idea that any film about the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday could be better than Tombstone. Was I ever so young?
2nd viewing (of the theatrical cut). The first time I saw this I approached it all wrong and expected it to be more about the conflict and its build-up. This time I let it come to me, and I don't think I realized before just how dark and sad this whole movie is. It's another one of John Ford's lonely wanderin' guys, perpetually trying to survive and find justice, pining for something more settled and civilized. I don't find myself fully fully embracing this one, most likely because it trades any moments of liveliness or humor for full-time profound gravitas, which can kinda get on ya. That said, I look forward to rewatching this in the future; it really is a great film.
This is an excellent movie on one condition: forget that it's supposed to be about real events and real people, and just enjoy it as a fictional piece.
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