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 rustling, eventually agrees to take the marshalling job until he can gather enough evidence to bring to justice the scurrilous Clanton clan, headed by smooth-talking but shifty-eyed Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan). Almost immediately, Wyatt runs afoul of consumptive, self-hating gambling boss Doc Holliday (Victor Mature, in perhaps his best performance). When Doc's erstwhile sweetheart, Clementine (Cathy Downs) comes to town, Earp is immediately smitten. However, Doc himself is now involved with saloon gal Chihauhua (Linda Darnell). The tensions among Wyatt, Doc, Clementine, and Chihauhua wax and wane throughout most of the film, leading to the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral, with Wyatt and Doc fighting side-by-side against the despicable Clantons. Its powerful storyline and full-blooded characterizations aside, My Darling Clementine is most entertaining during those little "humanizing" moments common to Ford's films, notably Wyatt's impromptu "balancing act" while seated on the porch of the Tombstone hotel, and Wyatt's and Clementine's dance on the occasion of the town's church-raising. Based on Stuart N. Lake's novel Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshall (previously filmed twice by Fox), the screenplay is full of wonderful dialogue, the best of which is the brief, philosophical exchange about women between Earp and Mac the bartender (J. Farrell MacDonald). The movie also features crisp, evocative black-and-white photography by Joseph MacDonald. Producer (Daryl F. Zanuck) was displeased with Ford's original cut and the film went through several re-shoots and re-edits before its general release in November of 1946.
Disc 1 side A - Audio commentary by author Scott Eyman and Wyatt Earp III; Original theatrical trailer; Disc 1 side B - Alternate pre-release version of My Darling Clementine; What is the pre-release version? documentary; Still gallery; Disc 2 - Frontier Marshal: directed by Allan Dwan; Original theatrical trailer; Still gallery
Disc #1, Side A -- My Darling Clementine 1. Main Titles [2:14] 2. Rough-Looking Country [2:52] 3. The Earp Brothers [1:42] 4. Tombstone [2:36] 5. The Man From Dodge City [2:24] 6. Death in the Family [:38] 7. The New Marshal [:27] 8. Only 18 Years Old [1:58] 9. Ten Thousand Cattle Straying [3:20] 10. Eight-Handed Poker [2:43] 11. Doc Holliday [1:46] 12. Shakespeare in Tombstone [:28] 13. The Absent Actor [5:47] 14. Soliloquies For the Clantons [1:26] 15. Miss Carter [3:21] 16. Reunion [1:02] 17. A Troubled Man [4:01] 18. Sunday Morning [6:18] 19. Doc's Girl [:57] 20. If You Ask Me... [3:38] 21. The Marshal's Lady' [5:21] 22. Good Advice [4:41] 23. The Pendant [2:19] 24. Going After Doc [2:03] 25. Chihuahua's Other Man [1:51] 26. The Operation [3:03] 27. The Clanton's Revenge [1:07] 28. Doctor Holliday [2:52] 29. A Family Affair [3:59] 30. Serving a Warrant [:42] 31. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [2:13] 32. I Sure Like That Name [2:46] Disc #1, Side B -- My Darling Clementine 1. Main Titles [1:37] 2. Rough-Looking Country [2:52] 3. The Earp Brothers [1:42] 4. Tombstone [2:36] 5. The Man From Dodge City [2:23] 6. Death in the Family [1:06] 7. The New Marshal [1:58] 8. Only 18 Years Old [1:26] 9. Ten Thousand Cattle Straying [1:54] 10. Eight-Handed Poker [1:37] 11. Doc Holliday [1:46] 12. Shakespeare in Tombstone [6:02] 13. The Absent Actor [1:26] 14. Soliloquies For the Clantons [2:29] 15. Miss Carter [1:00] 16. Reunion [3:46] 17. A Troubled Man [5:34] 18. Sunday Morning [4:12] 19. Doc's Girl [1:56] 20. If You Ask Me... [3:24] 21. The Marshal's Lady [4:20] 22. Good Advice [1:38] 23. The Pendant [:40] 24. Going After Doc [2:03] 25. Chihuahua's Other Man [4:57] 26. The Operation [1:06] 27. The Clanton's Revenge [2:52] 28. Doctor Holliday [2:48] 29. A Family Affair [1:11] 30. Serving a Warrant [2:56] 31. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [2:29] 32. I Sure Like That Name [2:15] Disc #2 -- Frontier Marshal 1. Main Titles [:57] 2. The Birth of Tombstone [2:51] 3. Making it His Business [5:54] 4. The Law in Tombstone [4:30] 5. Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl [:58] 6. John "Doc" Halliday [4:30] 7. Foy's Misfortune [7:22] 8. Saving Doc's Life [2:41] 9. Convincing Jerry [6:22] 10. Passing on Information [4:47] 11. Holdup [:12] 12. A Nurse For Doc [1:14] 13. A Coward's Death [2:41] 14. Open Threats [6:01] 15. The Shootout [:49] 16. The Ladies' Choices/End Titles [3:37]
Disc #1, Side A -- My Darling Clementine Play Pre-Release Version Language Selection Spoken Languages: English Mono Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Scene Selection Special Features What is Pre-Release Version? Still Gallery Disc #1, Side B -- My Darling Clementine Play Language Selection Spoken Languages: English Stereo Spoken Languages: English Mono Spoken Languages: French Mono Spoken Languages: Spanish Mono Commentary Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Scene Selection Special Features Commentary by Scott Eyman and Wyatt Earp III Theatrical Trailer Disc #2 -- Frontier Marshal Play Movie Language Selection Language and Audio: English Mono Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: French Subtitles: None Scene Selection Special Features Theatrical Trailer Still Gallery
My Darling Clementine 4.7 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
How about putting this on HD or SD movie for my Nook Book? I'd love to have it then
More than 1 year ago
Not only is the DVD outstanding, but the restoration of John Ford's classic western is phenominal. The documentary telling what all had to be done is outstanding, & one of the most interesting featurettes I've seen on a DVD. Regretfully, not everything Zanuck cut was restored, due to the fact Fox destroyed the first reel, but the restoration team did their best to restore this film to Ford's intentions, & to view the film closer to his view is fascinating. It's like taking a great work of art, & realizing that it was even intended to be even better.
More than 1 year ago
If you don't think too deeply about the history of the Earps, the Clantons and the Gunfight at the OK Corral, this is a great John Ford Western; Fonda and Brennan in particular are marvellous to watch. But if you're looking for an accurate rendering of the Earp-Clanton-Behan factions and what really happened in 1881, check out the "Unsolved History" documentary or the Kurt Russell/Val Kilmer film "Tombstone."
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