My Darling Clementine (Criterion Collection)
She was everything the West was - young, fiery, exciting!
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 5, 2014
- Originally Released: 1946
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: High-definition presentation of the 103-minute prerelease version of the film
- New audio commentary featuring John Ford biographer Joseph McBride
- New interview with western historian Andrew C. Isenberg about the real Wyatt Earp
- Comparison of the two versions by film preservationist Robert Gitt
- New video essay by Ford scholar Tag Gallagher
- Bandit's Wager, a 1916 silent western short costarring Ford and directed by his brother, Francis Ford, featuring new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
- NBC television reports from 1963 and 1975 about the history of Tombstone and Monument Valley
- Lux Radio Theatre adaptation from 1947 starring Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Cathy Downs & Tim Holt|
|Performer:||Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Roy Roberts, Jane Darwell, Grant Withers, Farrell McDonald, Russell Simpson, Francis Ford & Earl Foxe|
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Edited by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Screenplay by||Samuel G. Engel & Winston Miller|
|Original story by||Stuart N. Lake|
|Composition by||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Art Direction by||James Basevi & Lyle R. Wheeler|
|Story by||Sam Hellman|
|Produced by||Samuel G. Engel|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph MacDonald|
Rating: 5/5 -- Simple in its storytelling while transcendent as a poem of rhythms, bonds and values. Full Review
Joseph MacDonald's black-and-white cinematography is some of the most evocative camera work in Hollywood history.
Wall Street Journal
Rating: 3.5/4 -- generally considered the Wyatt Earp film against which all others are judged Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Rating: 5/5 -- If ever there was a gateway drug to the happy addiction of Hollywood oaters, this is it. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- The film subtly complicates viewer expectations early on, eschewing clear-cut character rivalries in favor of more complex emotional and social configurations. Full Review
Rating: A -- The quintessential Wyatt Earp movie and one of the greatest westerns ever filmed. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
My Darling Clementine continues to be a solid movie where the Western acquires a curious perspective of the ordinary. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
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.
As the lawman of a rowdy frontier town where his brother's killers have taken refuge, Wyatt Earp dedicates himself to bringing the evildoers to justice, a quest that leads to the famous shootout at the OK Corral.
- MY DARLING CLEMENTINE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
- Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors.
- This film is a remake of the 1939 film FRONTIER MARSHAL.
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