My Darling Clementine
John Ford, 1946
with Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature & Walter Brenan
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5 PM
City Cinema; Admission $10
The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
In Western mythology, the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the shooting at the OK Corral is among the most famous, with about a dozen films set in this legendary location. The well-known films include John Sturges’ Gunfight at the OK Corral with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, George P. Cosmatos’ Tombstone with Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell and John Ford’s My Darling Clementine with Henry Fonda and Victor Mature.
According to historians, it’s the Ford version that would vary the most from the true story, but on the other hand, Ford said that in the 20’s he had actually met Wyatt Earp and he told him the details of the gunfight. Whether or not the film is close to reality, this premise provided Ford the opportunity to shoot one of his most beautiful movies.
The American critic Roger Ebert includes My Darling Clementine in his essentials list, saying this about it:”John Ford’s greatest Western (…) 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.” Roger Ebert