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My Darling Clementine
- Henry Fonda

Overview - In another of his classic Westerns, John Ford again reflects upon the advance of civilization on the receding frontier, recounting the events leading up to and including the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral. As they drive their cattle toward California, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers, Morgan (Ward Bond), Virgil (Tim Holt), and young James (Don Garner), stop outside Tombstone, Arizona, where they refuse an offer for their stock made by Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan) and his son, Ike (Grant Withers).  Read more...

 
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Overview

In another of his classic Westerns, John Ford again reflects upon the advance of civilization on the receding frontier, recounting the events leading up to and including the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral. As they drive their cattle toward California, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers, Morgan (Ward Bond), Virgil (Tim Holt), and young James (Don Garner), stop outside Tombstone, Arizona, where they refuse an offer for their stock made by Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan) and his son, Ike (Grant Withers). The three older brothers ride into town, and, after Wyatt subdues a drunk, return to the wagons to find James dead and their cattle stolen. With little doubt about who the perpetrators are, Wyatt decides to accept the offer to be marshal of Tombstone that he had just recently refused. Despite Wyatt's tense first encounter with melancholy gambler and gunslinger Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), a wary, tacit friendship grows between the two men, which is soon complicated by the arrival of Doc's former love, the demure Clementine Carter (Cathy Downs). Although ostensibly focused on the famed gunfight, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE's more concerned--like many of Ford's films--with the creation of a community, the rule of law, and the civilizing influence of women on the wild and woolly West. When the showdown finally comes, it's without blood lust, as the Earp brothers conduct themselves with the ritual solemnity of samurai warriors. Given Samuel Engel's terse, elliptical screenplay, Fonda gives a subtle, brilliantly understated performance in the lead role, establishing a naturalist motif that is picked up and furthered by Joseph MacDonald's magnificent, barely lit shots of Ford's beloved Monument Valley.

Cast List

Sam Hellman - American Screenwriter
Alan Mowbray - British Character Actor
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Stuart N. Lake - Writer
John Ireland - TV/Film Actor/In USA
Lyle Wheeler - Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Lyle Reynolds Wheeler - Art Director
Farrell McDonald
Jane Darwell - Oscar winning actress, THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Walter Brennan - Oscar-winning American actor
Samuel G. Engel - American Producer/Screenwriter
Cyril Mockridge
Earl Foxe
Linda Darnell - American Actress
Francis Ford - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Ward Bond - American Character Actor
Roy Roberts - American Character Actor
Victor Mature - American Actor
Rene Hubert - Costume Designer
Grant Withers - American Actor
David Buttolph - American Composer/B. 1902
Russell Simpson - American Character Actor
Tim Holt - American Actor/Jack's Son
James Basevi - Production Designer/Efx
Winston Miller - American Screenwriter
Henry Fonda - Oscar winning actor, ON GOLDEN POND
Heny Jaynes Fonda - Oscar winning actor, ON GOLDEN POND
Cathy Downs - American Actress
Dorothy Spencer - Editor

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 97
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 715515128513
  • Genre: Westerns
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: October 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Westerns

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Classic
Recommended
Theatrical Release
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Synopsis:
As the lawman of a rowdy frontier town where his brother's killers have taken refuge, Wyatt Earp dedicates himself to bringing the evildoers to justice, a quest that leads to the famous shootout at the OK Corral.

Notes:
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors. This film is a remake of the 1939 film FRONTIER MARSHAL.

Reviews:
"...The [Earp movie] closest to enduring myth..." - 11/18/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.113


"...John Ford's greatest western....MY DARLING CLEMENTINE must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns..." - 10/26/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"A spare, relatively taciturn classic....It always feels right..." - 01/09/2004 USA Today, p.6E


5 stars out of 5 -- "Ford reaches levels of sublime artistry that would be hinted at in later works, but never equaled." - 04/01/2006 Uncut, p.141


"Joseph MacDonald's black-and-white cinematography is some of the most evocative camera work in Hollywood history." - 07/04/2013 Wall Street Journal


"Here’s what MY DARLING CLEMENTINE gets right about being a magnificent Western: almost everything." -- Grade: A - 10/15/2014 A.V. Club

 
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