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My Darling Clementine

1946

Action / Biography / Drama / Western

7.8

Synopsis

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.

Director

John Ford

Cast

Henry Fonda
as Wyatt Earp
Linda Darnell
as Chihuahua
Victor Mature
as Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday
Cathy Downs
as Clementine Carter
Walter Brennan
as Old Man Clanton
Tim Holt
as Virgil Earp
Ward Bond
as Morgan Earp

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by smarty-13 N/A

Wyatt Earp cleans up Tombstone

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE ( rating, * * * * ½ out of 5 )

Adapted from the book 'Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal' by Stuart N. Lake, writers Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller and Sam Hellman, and the great director himself John Ford, offer this most atmospheric depiction of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the most famous of shootouts in Western folk-lore.

The story basically covers the period when Wyatt Earp cleaned up Tombstone and wiped out the Clanton gang at the OK Coral. This is time-honored stuff. Nostalgic dramatizations that romanticized the Wild West while creating unforgettable heroes and notorious villains.

John Ford's handling of this motion picture is done with great care and obvious affection. Significant endeavor and attention to detail has gone into the period's reconstruction and the result is what can only be described as lyrical. A synchronous composition of sight and sound that produces a mesmerizing effect which in turn forces any viewer to fall instantly in love with this film.

Henry Fonda's portrayal of Wyatt Earp is without doubt the best that has ever been attempted and Victor Mature's Doc Holliday has him in rare form. Add cast members Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell, Ward Bond and John Ireland, and this film just crackles along.

There is one interesting irony I have noted. In John Ford's celebrated history as a director, particularly in the days when he was making silent films, the real Wyatt Earp acted as Ford's technical adviser bringing a new level of authenticity to gun play that Hollywood in the past had only guessed at. But in 'My Darling Clementine', the final shootout although well done, has a fantasy-like quality about it that avoids a sense of violent realism and adopts a surreal quality - as if seen through a dream.

Because John Ford knew all too well how to make a gunfight look believable, maybe this film allowed him to go beyond what was expected and to produce something a little special, and maybe it was shot in the way that Wyatt Earp wished it could have really happened. To successfully bend the rules, it really helps to have written them in the first place.

'My Darling Clementine' is a joy to behold. Sure, there are a few moments when minor cracks appear, but for pure entertainment value, it is unsurpassed. This movie is what going to the pictures on a Saturday afternoon was all about - those delightful matinee sessions when you'd load your arms up with confectionery, scramble for the best seats in the back row and experience the escapism that made growing up in the suburbs almost tolerable.

Reviewed by Lechuguilla 10 /10

Shakespeare In Tombstone

Set amid the sweeping vistas and the towering sandstone buttes and spires of Monument Valley, this John Ford film, about Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his encounters with the Clanton gang in rowdy Tombstone, Arizona, fulfills our need to experience the Old West as mythic romanticism. The visuals are striking. El Greco skies oppress a majestic and lonesome landscape of rock, dirt, dust, and cattle. Ghostly human figures confront death in heavy rain. Indoors, small, overhead lanterns emit soft light in tough barrooms. The B&W cinematography conveys a somber, moody, idealized vision of the nineteenth century American frontier.

But the film's romanticism is not just the product of adroit cinematography. The relaxed narrative weaves multiple, seemingly insignificant plot lines into a unified whole, and thus depicts the Old West as a place and time of humor, wit, religious faith, amiable conflict, even poetry and philosophy.

And so, in his heartfelt soliloquy of "the undiscovered country", Granville Thorndyke (Alan Mowbray), that congenial thespian rogue who quotes Shakespeare and who seems so out of place, adds texture and soul to the script, as a precursor to violence and death. This is after all ... Tombstone.

Inspired by the real life gunfight at the OK Corral, the story is less factual than suggestive. It's not just the film's fanciful portrayal of the shootout that abets credulity. It's the setting ... Tombstone is nowhere near Monument Valley.

But this is not a textbook. It is a romanticized cinematic interpretation of a long-ago culture, using a textbook incident as a premise. The film's theme centers on the nobility of outcasts and the basic goodness and humanism of frontier people. It's a broad-brush character study of historical figures like Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan), the Clanton sons, and of course Wyatt Earp and his sons. Although one could argue that Fonda lacks the tough guy strength and roughness that we would expect for a frontier legend, the casting and the acting are overall quite good. Editing, costumes, and production design also enhance the film's credibility.

Understated and meditative in tone, "My Darling Clementine" is a different kind of Hollywood western, one that conveys a humanistic theme with emotional depth. Characters are multi-dimensional, unvarnished, and as striking and memorable as the stately buttes and spires of Monument Valley.

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 9 /10

An archetypal Western mood piece!

'My Darling Clementine' is easily one of Ford's best Westerns, and quite certainly the best of all the Wyatt Earp films...

To most modern audiences, the Corral incident and the confused events and motivations which led to it have been best presented by two motion pictures, John Ford's 'My Darling Clementine,' and John Sturges' 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.'

Ford makes a fine account of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday's legendary defeat of the Clanton gang... By now, despite the film's climactic shoot-out at the OK Corral, Ford's talents lay less in action scenes than in playing endless variations on community rituals... Dances, church-meetings, saloon brawls and funerals are utilized to define social hierarchies and relationships, and to emphasize the role of tradition in the molding of America's heroic culture...

Ford makes much of the visit of a pretty graceful lady named Clementine searching for her presumably long-lost love, none other than the consumptive Doc Holliday, now, devoted to the bottle and hidden under a huge white handkerchief... Victor Mature gives a touchy performance as the wild and reckless Doc seeking death...

Holliday sways between two kinds of women: The Eastern, fair and respectable Clementine Carter (Cathy Downs), and the wild dark-eyed dancing girl 'Apache' Chihuahua (Linda Darnell), one of the sirens of the 1940s whose rose-at-twilight looks seem to stimulate every cameraman...

Earp, the marshal of Tombstone, deliciously played by Henry Fonda, and Doc Holliday track down the Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan-in one of his finest performances) and his infamous four sons...

There is deviation on the way... A revenge motive attributed to Fonda, and the jealous intervention of Holliday's Mexican mistress... But the path is well and truly pointed to that challenge at the corral...

The action is firm, nicely photographed in Ford's favorite locale, the rugged Monument Valley in northern Arizona... The story is also well told... But the film will be always remembered for its fine sensations and curiously captivating moods... This is Ford indulging himself, as was his habit, but on this occasion the indulgences all come off and are imparted with pure magic...

It's a film of touches, simple and beautiful... Ford often likes to slow his Westerns down... Edged deeper into the American myth, Ford makes Fonda sit precariously on the veranda, adjusts his boots and balances himself while the world, such as it is, goes by...

Fonda, with quiet persuasive self-confidence, is the imperturbable peacemaker, who walks a lady to church... Fonda-shy and slow-moving, with delightful intonation of short words, and an old-world frontier concept of courtesy, leads Clementine in a delightful two-step open-air dance...

Filmed in gloriously rich black and white, 'My Darling Clementine' is an archetypal Western mood piece, full of nostalgia for times gone by and crackling with memorable scenes and characterizations...

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