All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
My Darling Clementine
She was everything the West was - young, fiery, exciting!
Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge.
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…
"You hadn't taken it into your head to deliver us from all evil?"
My Darling Clementine certainly fits into the western genre, but from the visuals alone you wouldn't be remiss to assume that it had more in common with film noir. The term wouldn't be created to retroactively describe a trend in American cinema for another two years, but the social and cultural anxieties that the new subgenre was rooted in were very much alive. The low-key lighting casts shadows that are deep and dark, and they pervade the frame and reflect the social angst of the time and the existentialism that resulted from World War II.
But the similarities go beyond simple imagery: the little town of Tombstone…
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…
“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…
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…
"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…
Sight & Sound Challenge 74/250
Westerns aren't really my cup of tea, but this one was really engaging! Then again, it's John Ford so no surprise there.
Ford reveals a softer side of himself in this deliberate and quietly poignant western that occasionally feels like a prototype for his revisionist masterpiece, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Henry Fonda and Victor Mature are tremendous, bringing an earthy humanity to the legendary figures of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and his Monument Valley settings have rarely looked more vividly iconic than in black-and-white.
Surprisingly lackadaisical, in a very good way.
I just didnt feel this movie lived up to some of John Ford's other great films. I did think the directing and the camera work were very well done as you would expect a Ford film to be. I like the story but found the characters to be rather bland and the movie itself a bit anti climatic in my opinion. I know its not an historic account of the OK Corral and I was ok with that but for some reason there were a few little historical inaccuracies that kind of irked me. I still found it enjoyable but just not great film.
Classical Western starring Henry Fonda. I couldn't get into it; cardboard characters, weak humour and Victor Mature being annoying.
SAW: at the Billy Wilder Theater
For once the plot gets in the way of the girl, instead of the other way around.
Strong Western of events leading up to the famous shootout at the OK Corral. An impressive cast led by Henry Fonda as the determined Wyatt Earp and Victor Mature as the more hot headed and ailing Doc Holiday. Striking B&W images from director John Ford. After seeing him so much as comic relief, it was intriguing to see Walter Brennan very effective as a villainous patriarch.
A rather standard western by John Ford, My Darling Clementine is a rather plodding film for about the first 45 minutes but drastically picks up once the characters and their dynamics are set up. It's in the last second and third acts where Ford builds up the tension before giving us a great payoff. Walter Brennan is cast against type and creates a memorably determined antagonist. Henry Fonda plays his typical "nice guy" persona. Great character actor Tim Holt is kind of wasted as one of the Earp brothers. My main reservations all have to do with Ford's implicit political ideologies that are on full display here. While Clementine isn't as disgustingly reactionary as The Searchers, the film still reinforces…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…