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Canny and coolly confident, My Darling Clementine is a definitive dramatization of the Wyatt Earp legend that shoots from the hip and hits its target in breezy style. Read critic reviews

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In the middle of a long cattle drive, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers stop off for a night in the town of Tombstone. The next morning they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers is dead. Earp suspects the Clanton family, owners of the O.K. Corral, but wants his revenge to be legal. He becomes sheriff of Tombstone and forges a rough peace with an alcoholic gambler, Doc Holiday (Victor Mature). Earp also takes a liking to Holiday's former girlfriend, Clementine (Cathy Downs).

Cast & Crew

Henry Fonda
Wyatt Earp
Victor Mature
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday
Walter Brennan
Old Man Clanton
Cathy Downs
Clementine Carter
Tim Holt
Virgil Earp
Ward Bond
Morgan Earp
Alan Mowbray
Granville Thorndyke
John Ireland
Billy Clanton
Jane Darwell
Kate Nelson
John Ford
Director
Samuel G. Engel
Writer (Screenplay)
Darryl F. Zanuck
Executive Producer
Cyril J. Mockridge
Original Music
David Buttolph
Original Music
Joseph MacDonald
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for My Darling Clementine

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Audience Reviews for My Darling Clementine

  • Oct 16, 2015
    It is a welcome surprise to see a lighthearted Western that places its importance more on the characters than on the famous real gunfight depicted - and the deep-focus shots are beautiful -, but still the film has trouble with maintaining the focus and pacing in the second act.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Fonda is fantastic as Wyatt Earp and featuring Walter Brennan's most sinister performance.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2011
    Although I personally prefer the awesomeness that is "Tombstone" when it comes to movies about the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the O.K. Corral, this one is still really great. Henry Fonda and Victor Mature as Doc Holliday strike all the right notes. This is making me excited about this Western class that I'm taking.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2010
    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.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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