My Darling Clementine (DVD)

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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 Calif...

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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.

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UPC 024543103189
Studio Fox Home Entertainment
Format DVD
Extra Info Studio Classics
Genre Westerns
Rating General Audiences
Dimensions 5.25" x 0.75" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.2 lbs
Stars Walter Brennan, Cathy Downs, Linda Darnell, Henry Fonda, Victor Mature
Directors John Ford

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  • My Darling Clemetine

    Movie was of high quality. This was not a knock off product.

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  • My Darling Clementine

    Oh this is certainly a top notched Western, starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan amongst other popular actors of that time like Ward Bond and Tim Holt. This movie is a John Ford rendition of that well known Gunfight at The OK Corral. But being John Ford, we are pleasantly gifted with a flavoring of his purposes for beautiful scenery in the Monument Valley. He mixes that with Western legend and frontier folk lore to make this movie so great. What this story comes down to is Wyatt Earp's pursuit of a gang of rustlers who killed his brother ... and a softer side which happens to be a love for a gal. In the end the bad guys get their big bang-down. The mortality rate in this movie is outstanding. Henry Fonda made the character of Wyatt Earp as real as you will ever see. I saw Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell; and Wyatt Earp, starring Kevin Costner. Although both movies purportedly insinuated the truth, there's such a thing as "writer's license." While "MY Darling Clementine" is historically inaccurate, I would stand it up to either of those two Wyatt Earp movies. Why? This movie simply has the mood of the "Real West."

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