My Darling Clementine (1946)



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John Ford's western takes its inspiration from the life and legend of Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda), the frontier lawman who teamed with Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) for the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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Henry Fonda
as Wyatt Earp
Victor Mature
as Doc John Holliday
Linda Darnell
as Chihuahua
Walter Brennan
as Old Man Clanton
Tim Holt
as Virgil Earp
Cathy Downs
as Clementine
Ward Bond
as Morgan Earp
Alan Mowbray
as Granville Thorndyke
John Ireland
as Billy Clanton
Grant Withers
as Ike Clanton
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Mac the Bartender
Russell Simpson
as John Simpson
Don Garner
as James Earp
Francis Ford
as Town Drunk
Ben Hall
as Barber
Arthur J. Walsh
as Hotel Clerk
Louis Mercier
as Francois
Mickey Simpson
as Sam Clanton
Fred Libby
as Phin Clanton
William B. Davidson
as Owner of Oriental Saloon
Earle Foxe
as Gambler
Aleth "Speed" Hansen
as Guitar Player-Townsman
Dan Borzage
as Accordian Player/Townsman
C.E. Anderson
as Townsman
Duke R. Lee
as Townsman
Don Barclay
as Opera house owner
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Earl Foxe
as Gambler
Robert Adler
as Stagecoach Driver
Jack Pennick
as Stagecoach Driver
Frank Conlan
as Piano Player
Charles Stevens
as Indian Charlie
Harry Woods
as Marshal
Danny Borzage
as Accordionist
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Critic Reviews for My Darling Clementine

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (2)

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

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

My Darling Clementine must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Slow-paced tale of Old West shootout has violence.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If less than its outsized reputation, this Western is still a fun view, particularly in Joe MacDonald's austere camerawork in Monument Valley.

Apr 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Simple in its storytelling while transcendent as a poem of rhythms, bonds and values.

Sep 1, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

generally considered the Wyatt Earp film against which all others are judged

Oct 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Darling Clementine

Built by Ford, John Ford, with part mythos about the gunfight at the OK Corral, part nostalgia for the generation this film was intended signified by the use of the song of the title, and part myth building for what they wanted to become. I googled the town of Tombstone, AZ and Monument Valley and they're miles apart and yet in Ford's vision they're virtual neighbors. This is perfect filmmaking for projecting what its intended audience wanted to see, a mirror reflection of their loves, and indeed beautiful to behold.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fonda is fantastic as Wyatt Earp and featuring Walter Brennan's most sinister performance.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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 Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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