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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine (1946)


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One of the greatest movie Westerns, John Ford's My Darling Clementine is hardly the most accurate film version of the Wyatt Earp legend, but it is still one of the most entertaining. Henry Fonda stars as former lawman Wyatt Earp, who, after cleaning up Dodge City, arrives in the outskirts of Tombstone with his brothers Morgan (Ward Bond), Virgil (Tim Holt), and James (Don Garner), planning to sell their cattle and settle down as gentlemen farmers. Yet Wyatt, disgusted by crime and cattle


Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Winston Miller, Samuel G. Engel

Jan 6, 2004

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If ever there was a gateway drug to the happy addiction of Hollywood oaters, this is it.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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My Darling Clementine must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film subtly complicates viewer expectations early on, eschewing clear-cut character rivalries in favor of more complex emotional and social configurations.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Launched the series of masterpieces in the late '40s and 1950s that forever after defined [Ford] as the greatest director of Westerns in history,

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comments (2)
Antagony & Ecstasy

John Ford's last film as a contract director for Fox is a perfect western.

November 30, 2007

The quintessential Wyatt Earp movie and one of the greatest westerns ever filmed.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first couple of times we saw My Darling Clementine on the late show we watched the beginning, fell asleep in the middle, woke up at the end, and thought we had sat through one of the best films we had ever seen. Then we finally forced ourselves to sta

June 14, 2007

Vintage John Ford.

October 16, 2005
Nitrate Online

That the title mentions neither Earp nor the O.K. Corral is an indication of the lightness with which Clementine carries the legendary baggage of its subject matter.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

May be John Ford's most achingly beautiful Western.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Wonderful, moving John Ford true classic western

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan


June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

I haven't seen a better docudrama about Wyatt Earp, but on the other hand, the venerated lawman has yet to be the subject of a masterpiece

May 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The best Western Ford ever made without John Wayne on board.

January 21, 2004
Creative Loafing

One of the great American films: a romance about the tug between savagery and civilization that continues to define this country.

January 19, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

There is no clearer distillation of Ford's visual style, thematic concerns, manner of storytelling, and development of character than My Darling Clementine.

January 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The reason My Darling Clementine never seems to stray or lose focus is Henry Fonda

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source:

...a relatively laid-back, almost poetic vision of the Old West, its characters and characterizations outshining its well-worn plot.

December 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

My Darling Clementine (1946) is one of the greatest classic Westerns of all time, directed by one of Hollywood's most honored directors, John Ford.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Audience Reviews for My Darling Clementine

Fonda is fantastic as Wyatt Earp and featuring Walter Brennan's most sinister performance.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

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A fantastic telling of the gunfight at the OK Coral. It's brought down ever so slightly by Ford's romanticism of the genre. Too much focus on the ladies distances the characters from, what should be, their heartache. Tombstone will always be my favorite version of this story, and this hits many of the same notes. It's wonderfully shot, and unlike some early westerns, you get a real sense of heat, space, and isolation. Fonda is his typical brilliant self, carrying the film, and capturing Earp's rugged edges. It has a very clean pace, even though, what should be the main focus, is simply the interludes for the bromance/romance.
July 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

My Darling Clementine is yet another testament to the greatness of not only Henry Fonda in an earnest portrayal of Wyatt Earp, but John Ford's legendary directorial ability. The photography in Ford's familiar Monument Valley setting was as always superb but for me, that's kind of where my raving about My Darling Clementine ends. Well, maybe except for the OK Corral sequence at the end and the Hamlet scene. Those were incredible. But Victor Mature was an astoundingly dull Doc Holliday (maybe if I hadn't seen Val Kilmer's turn in Tombstone previously...) and I found it incredibly hard to give a shit about Linda Darnell. Really, how can you get excited and/or aroused by a woman playing a character named Chihuahua? Otherwise, with its great supporting cast I'd definitely agree with anyone putting My Darling Clementine on an essential westerns list.
June 2, 2010

Super Reviewer

John Ford's first movie after WWII, My Darling Clementine lacks the grandeur that makes up his later work. In fact, at times I had to re-check the date on the film, as sets and film quality made it look a decade older than what it was. The film tells the story of the gunfight at the OK corral, with Wyatt Earp (Fonda) and Doc Holiday (Victor Mature). Victor Mature seems miscast as Doc Holiday (I thought Kirk Douglas did a much better job as Holiday, and somehow he fits my stereotypical image of the man) Henry Fonda is a fine Wyatt Earp, but he plays the same character in every film, so it's hard to judge his performance. The script is fine as well, that is, until the title character makes her appearance onscreen and brings the film to a screeching halt. By the time Earp takes Clementine to the church square dance, I was dozing off. There's a B western quality to this film that, while overcome in the long run, does sour the experience a little for me. John Ford and Henry Fonda should be a slam dunk, and while the first half of the film is imminently watchable, the overall feeling is a letdown. Maybe it's like the lighting on Doc Holiday's girlfriend "Chihuahua" (Linda Darnell) as she's being operated on, it just feels like it's out of place.
April 16, 2010
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Devon Bott

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    1. Wyatt Earp: Mac, you ever been in love?
    2. Mac the Bartender: No, I've been a bartender all my life.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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