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Sunday Night Movie: My Darling Clementine


Classic Western from John Ford starring Henry Fonda,Victor Mature and Linda Darnell, Walter Brennan with a good supporting cast



My Darling Clementine is a 1946 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp during the period leading up to the gunfight at the OK Corral. The ensemble cast also features Victor Mature (as Doc Holliday), Linda Darnell, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Cathy Downs and Ward Bond.

The title of the movie is borrowed from the theme song “Oh My Darling, Clementine“, sung in parts over the opening and closing credits. The screenplay is based on the fictionalized biography Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal by Stuart Lake, as were two earlier movies, both named Frontier Marshal (released in 1934 and 1939, respectively).

My Darling Clementine is regarded by many film critics as one of the best Westerns ever made.

It was also Harry Truman‘s favourite film MORE AT LINK

1997 Review by Roger Ebert who gave the film Four Stars

“What kind of town is this?” Wyatt Earp asks on his first night in Tombstone. “A man can’t get a shave without gettin’ his head blowed off.” He gets up out of the newfangled barber’s chair at the Bon Ton Tonsorial Parlor and climbs through the second-story window of a saloon, his face still half lathered, to konk a gun-toting drunk on the head and drag him out by the heels.

Earp (Henry Fonda) already knows what kind of town it is. In the opening scenes of John Ford’s greatest Western, “My Darling Clementine” (1946), he and his brothers are driving cattle east to Kansas. Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan leave their kid brother James in charge of the herd and go into town for a shave and a beer. As they ride down the main street of Tombstone, under a vast and lowering evening sky, gunshots and raucous laughter are heard in the saloons, and we don’t have to ask why the town has the biggest graveyard west of the Rockies. MORE AT LINK

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