My Darling Clementine (1946)

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The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.


7.8/10
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  • Henry Fonda and Victor Mature in My Darling Clementine (1946)
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3 June 2004 | gkbazalo
Good Henry Fonda Western but misses the facts by a mile
This will be remembered as a good Henry Fonda western showing the growth and civilizing of a Western town but coming nowhere close to representing the facts on which it is supposed to be based. Putting aside the events connected to Wyatt Earp, there is nothing to indicate that Tombstone is a boomtown based on mining (except for one tiny reference to prospecting). If we are going to have a shootout at the OK corral, where are the McLaury brothers, 2 of the 3 people killed at the shootout? The shootout itself bears virtually no resemblance to the actual event and the killing and wounding of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday and their adversaries as depicted in the film are totally at odds with reality, with the exception of Billy Clanton (killed) and Wyatt Earp (uninjured). I have to wonder if John Ford really believed he was being accurate since the history of the event was not widely known at the time of the film. Both female leads are pretty bad, both as characters as well as how they are acted. I liked Victor Mature as Holliday, but he seemed out of his element, I think being best suited to film noirs. He is too self-involved to develop any real bond with Wyatt, which is a detriment in this film. Doc Holliday has been played by a wide range of actors, from Mature to Kirk Douglas, to Jason Robards Jr. to the more modern portrayals of Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid. They were all interesting and very different from each other. I guess Doc is just a great character. Tombstone and Wyatt Earp are the only two films that attempted to get the Tombstone story right. All the other Earp movies just played with various elements of the true story. My Darling Clementine makes a good Fonda double feature with the Ox Bow Incident. 7 of 10 stars.

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