My Darling Clementine
|Key Cast||Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond|
|Film Type||Black and White|
|Genre(s)||Western, Drama, Action|
Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the Famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Of course everybody has their version of the now legendary story about the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but director John Ford claims that his account of this famous gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona is the way it really happened. And who is to argue with him since John Ford was friends with the real Wyatt Earp?
In “My Darling Clementine,” the gun battle that famously became known as the “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” is the climax of a vengeful feud between the Clantons and the Earps.
It all starts when the Earps leave their youngest brother, James Earp, to watch the cattle while they go into town. When the Earp brothers return, they discover that their brother has been killed and the cattle stolen. Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his remaining brothers Virgil (Tim Holt) and Morgan (Ward Bond), vow to get the killers and get back their cattle.
The Earps go to the local town of Tombstone and encounter villainous Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan) and his sons. Wyatt Earp believes that they are the ones who killed his brother and stole the cattle. Earp and his brothers decide to stay in Tombstone, waiting for their opportunity to get justice.
The town of Tombstone has been terrorized by Old Man Clanton and his sons for a long time and is in dire need of a good marshal. They urge the famous Wyatt Earp to take the job. He agrees and deputizes his brothers, Virgil and Morgan.
In the meantime, Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) arrives in Tombstone and he and Wyatt Earp develop a friendly respect for each other. Both dislike the Clantons, but neither man completely trusts the other. There is also a romantic triangle as Wyatt Earp finds himself increasingly attracted to Clementine (Cathy Downs) who is in town trying to get Doc Holliday to go back East with her. Clementine doesn’t like finding Holliday in the company of Chihuahua (Linda Darnell) either.
A director John Ford classic, “My Darling Clementine” is a must-see film for classic western movie fans.
• “My Darling Clementine” was the first movie that Henry Fonda starred in after returning from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The last movie that he did before going to serve in the military was “The Ox Bow Incident” – another great, classic western film.
• The director of this movie, John Ford, knew the real Wyatt Earp. John Ford claimed that his depiction of the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in “My Darling Clementine” is the way that it really happened because he got the information directly from Wyatt Earp himself.
• In addition to incorrectly depicting Tombstone as being near Monument Valley, there are also some other “facts” in “My Darling Clementine” that aren’t accurate. Here are just a few:
– The famous gun battle is depicted as lasting for minutes. The truth is that the famous Gunfight at OK Corral lasted only 30 seconds.
– Doc Holliday is depicted in the movie as being a medical doctor, when, in fact, he was a dentist.
– Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday didn’t meet for the first time in Tombstone, Arizona as shown in the movie. They actually met years prior to their time together in Tombstone in the town of Fort Griffin, Texas.
– Director John Ford was known for using Monument Valley as a location for his western movies. Thus, it is no surprise that when Ford decided to make “My Darling Clementine,” he chose his favorite location, even if it was historically inaccurate.
• “My Darling Clementine” was selected to be in the U. S. Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. This is a special distinction bestowed upon a select few films every year. The movies chosen are given this honor because they are culturally, historically or artistically important to the history of filmmaking in the United States.
My Darling Clementine Movie DVD
Henry Fonda stars as Wyatt Earp, Victor Mature as Doc Holliday and Cathy Downs as Clementine in “My Darling Clementine.”
Legendary film director John Ford made this classic western about the vengeful feud between the Earps and the Clantons that led to the famous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.”
In the midst of this ever-growing tension, is a romantic attraction that Wyatt Earp develops for Clementine who has come to town searching for Doc Holliday.
A strong, yet poetic western, “My Darling Clementine” will be a pleasure to watch!
DVD Set - Ford at Fox Collection
Ford at Fox Collection: The Essential John Ford Collection of Movies
This special DVD set contains movies that have been directed by legendary filmmaker, John Ford, a man credited with making some of the greatest movies ever.
There are six DVDs in this collection – five of them John Ford films and one of them a documentary about the award-winning filmmaker himself.
Specifically, the set contains:
• My Darling Clementine
• The Grapes of Wrath
• How Green Was My Valley
• The Frontier Marshall
• Drums Along the Mohawk
• Becoming John Ford (Documentary)
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