Earp, Wyatt, 1848-1929 -- Drama, Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- United States -- Drama

My Darling Clementine


Henry Fonda, Cathy Downs, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan,

“John Ford’s first film after his World War II service has been rightly called ‘the perfect example of the classic Western’ (Alan Lovell, The Western). The tale of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone was already familiar from at least five previous sound films when Ford cast a restrained Henry Fonda in the title role and a brooding Victor Mature as Doc Holliday. Darker than any previous version, Ford’s Western battles film noir for the nation’s soul. The O.K. Corral gunfight was paralleled by Ford’s behind-the-scenes fights with producer Darryl Zanuck, whose recutting removed much of Ford’s usual roughhouse comedy and left a death-haunted, visually stunning solemnity. My Darling Clementine survives in two versions: the release version from November 1946 and this version—a preliminary cut screened several months earlier for a preview audience (and restored by UCLA). Although it’s not a ‘director’s cut,’ it’s closer to Ford’s intentions, is superior in several small ways, and runs an additional six minutes” (Scott Simmon). Wyatt and Clementine’s “dance is the turning point of the movie, and marks the end of the Old West. There are still shots to be fired, but civilization has arrived” (Roger Ebert).

  • Sam Hellman
  • Winston Miller
Based On
  • the book Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal by Stuart N. Lake

  • Joe MacDonald
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 103 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Criterion Pictures
Additional Info
  • Restored “special version” print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and American Movie Classics.

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My darling Clementine (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2010

Prisoners of the desert: the films of John Ford (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Piers Handling, 2000

John Ford: le premier des Mohicans (program note), Cannes Film Festival, Gilles Jacob, 1995

My darling Clementine (review), L.A. Weekly, Elizabeth Pincus, 1994

My darling Clementine (program note), Denver International Film Festival, 1987

My darling Clementine (article), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1986

John Ford : movie maker (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), John Baxter, 1972

John Ford film retrospective (program), University of Maine at Portland-Gorham, 1970

John Ford (program), University of Maine at Portland-Gorham, 1970

My darling Clementine (program note), Dartmouth Film Society, David Stewart Hull, 1963

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