My Darling Clementine Overview:

My Darling Clementine (1946) was a Drama - Western Film directed by John Ford and produced by Samuel G. Engel.

The film was based on the biography Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal written by Stuart N. Lake 1931.

My Darling Clementine was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

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John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” and myth of the American West

By Stephen Reginald on Jul 17, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” and myth of the American West My Darling Clementine (1946) is an American western film directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. Many critics consider it one of the best westerns ever made. The movie tak... Read full article


Review: My Darling Clementine (1946)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 15, 2019 From 4 Star Films

The first time I ever saw My Darling Clementine I couldn’t get over how unimpressive it seemed. If nothing else it certainly didn’t give off any self-aware sense of its own importance. There was nothing that struck me as outright epic and monumental. And yet this western has been a heral... Read full article


My Darling Clementine (1946)

By Beatrice on Jan 12, 2015 From Flickers in Time

My Darling Clementine Directed by John Ford Written by Samuel G. Engel and Winston Miller from a story by Sam Hellman based on a book by Stuart N. Lake 1945/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #204 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die If you are not look... Read full article


Criterion: My Darling Clementine

By Aaron West on Oct 19, 2014 From Criterion Blues

Oct 19 Posted by aaronwest MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, JOHN FORD, 1946 The best genre films are those that touch on deeper themes, and John Ford was an expert at using the Western as a way of examining his present. My Darling Clementine is considered by many to be among the best of his films, and I?ve s... Read full article


Criterion: My Darling Clementine

By Aaron West on Oct 19, 2014 From Criterion Blues

Oct 19 Posted by aaronwest MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, JOHN FORD, 1946 The best genre films are those that touch on deeper themes, and John Ford was an expert at using the Western as a way of examining his present. My Darling Clementine is considered by many to be among the best of his films, and I?ve s... Read full article


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[At his brother's grave]
Wyatt Earp: 1864, 1882. 18 years. You didn't get much of a chance did you James? I wrote to Pa and Cory Sue. They're gonna be all busted up over it. Cory Sue's young, but Pa. I guess he'll never get over it. I'll be comin' out to see you regular James. So will Morg and Virg. I'm gonna be around here for a while. Can't tell. Maybe when we leave this country young kids like you will be able to grow up and live safe.


Wyatt Earp: Sure is rough-looking country. Ain't no cow country. Mighty different where I come from. What do they call this place?
Old Man Clanton: Just over the rise there. Big town... called Tombstone.


[Chihuahua has just been seriously wounded]
Wyatt Earp: Mac, you and Buck go down and clean up the saloon. Put a couple of tables together and put some lights around 'em. Doc, you're going to operate.


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An alternate "preview" version of this film exists. In the 1970s, 20th Century Fox donated some film to the UCLA Film Archives. In 1994, it was discovered that the UCLA print was different from the one being shown on TV. It was about 8 minutes longer with minor variations throughout and a slightly different ending. Both this archival 103 or 104 minute version and the 97 minute release version are included on the Fox DVD released on January 6, 2004.
Director John Ford, who in his youth had known the real Wyatt Earp, claimed the way the OK Corral gunfight was staged in this film was the way it was explained to him by Earp himself, with a few exceptions.
John Ireland, who plays Billy Clanton in My Darling Clementine, played Johnny Ringo in Gunfight At The OK Corral.
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My Darling Clementine

Released 1946
Inducted 1991
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