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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…
A rich, character-centric western that's taken to greater heights by Victor Mature acting circles around everyone else. Mature came across as just a more modern actor than the rest - the post-war method actor. I wasn't as impressed with the film as I was years ago. The pacing is slack as the focus isn't on plot but character. Then again, I was watching an extended version. It's a fine movie though, and Henry Fonda is rock solid. Essential western viewing.
I really wanted to like My Darling Clementine more than I did... The story was light on substance - it was what felt like a typical western from that time period. There's the good guys - there's the bad guys - then there's a girl - and it all comes down to a shoot out.
Wyatt Earp, played by Henry Fonda, is written and portrayed so masculine and boorish to acknowledge how much the murder of his brother breaking him apart inside and is driving him to revenge. Instead of emoting and looking for clues he's playing poker, watching an actor do Shakespeare and flirting with the new girl in town. Up until the end - I had pretty much…
My least favorite from my western marathon
I've liked the other John Ford films I've seen but this is the first one that really resonated on the level as a powerfully beautiful work. The word "cathedral" kept repeating in my head in observing the way light and darkness shaped sky ground in addition to the spread of the artificial lights of interiors. Sure enough I was probably remembering Fernando Croce's reference to Ford's west as "al fresco cathedral". But there is something halo-ed about the imagery framing the content of its one of many iterations of a famous old west legend that isn't tied to religion as much as the very holiness of images.
The title character's de-centering from the crux of the story seems like an…
With Dad and Yuki (who immediately fell asleep) in Collingwood.
Shot in bold and beautiful black and white photography, My Darling Clementine might be historically inaccurate, but it features great directorial work from John Ford (as usual) and has a very talented cast all around, resulting in a solid classic western.
What a film.
Fonda at his best as a stoic Wyatt Earp, Mature in an amazing performance as Doc Holiday and the scenery is a character all by itself.
Similar to High Noon, not much happening from an action standpoint until the shootout at the end. This film doesn't need it. It has plenty of tension some great characters.
Minute for minute, this may be my favorite Western of them all.