My Darling Clementine

Directed By: John Ford Starring: Henry Fonda

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This classic western deals with the relationship between wyatt earp and doc holliday and the events that led to the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205817842
UPC 024543482666
UPC 14 00024543482666
Format DVD
Release Date 12/4/2007
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Entertainment Weekly "...The [Earp movie] closest to enduring myth..." 11/18/1994 p.113
Chicago Sun-Times "...John Ford's greatest western....MY DARLING CLEMENTINE must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns..." 10/26/1997 p.5
USA Today "A spare, relatively taciturn classic....It always feels right..." 01/09/2004 p.6E
Uncut 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 p.141
John Ford
Henry Fonda
Cast & Crew
Cyril J. Mockridge - Original Music By
Darryl F. Zanuck - Executive Producer
David Buttolph - Original Music By
Dorothy Spencer - Editor
Henry Fonda - Actor
James Basevi - Art Director
John Ford - Director
Joseph MacDonald - Cinematographer
Linda Darnell - Actor
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Samuel G. Engel - Screenplay
Samuel G. Engel - Producer
Stuart N. Lake - Based On Book By
Victor Mature - Actor
Walter Brennan - Actor
Winston Miller - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1946
Catalog ID 2248267
UPC 00024543482666
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 168 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Ford's story reenacts the central morality play of the Western. Wyatt Earp becomes the town's new marshal, there's a showdown between law and anarchy, the law wins and the last shot features the new schoolmarm--who represents the arrival of civilization. Most Westerns put the emphasis on the showdown. ``My Darling Clementine'' builds up to the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral, but it is more about everyday things--haircuts, romance, friendship, poker and illness...The legendary gunfight at the OK Corral has been the subject of many films, including ``Frontier Marshal'' (1939), ``Gunfight at the O.K. Corral'' (1957), ``Tombstone'' (1993, with Val Kilmer's brilliant performance as Doc) and ``Wyatt Earp'' (1994). Usually the gunfight is the centerpiece of the film. Here it plays more like the dispatch of unfinished business; Ford doesn't linger over the violence...``My Darling Clementine'' must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns. The giveaway is the title, which is not about Wyatt or Doc or the gunfight, but about Clementine, certainly the most important thing to happen to Marshal Earp during the story.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Sensormatic, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Fonda,Henry
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Beautifully directed...Full of wonderful details and vignettes; exquisitely photographed...One of director Ford's finest films, and an American classic.
The Motion Picture Guide ...[Fonda] gives a wonderfully mature and restrained essay...Almost every scene in this splendidly constructed film is a visual treat...

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