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Release Date:
3 December 1946 (USA) See more »
The Roaring West At Its Reckless Best! See more »
A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Flawless acting, direction and photography combine to produce the pinnacle of the western genre. See more (126 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Wyatt Earp

Linda Darnell ... Chihuahua

Victor Mature ... Doc Holliday
Cathy Downs ... Clementine Carter

Walter Brennan ... Old Man Clanton

Tim Holt ... Virgil Earp

Ward Bond ... Morgan Earp

Alan Mowbray ... Granville Thorndyke

John Ireland ... Billy Clanton

Roy Roberts ... Mayor

Jane Darwell ... Kate Nelson

Grant Withers ... Ike Clanton
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mac the Barman
Russell Simpson ... John Simpson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
C.E. Anderson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Barclay ... Opera House Owner (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Opera House Patron (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Opera House Patron (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Pianist (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Bartender (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Saloon Owner (uncredited)
James Dime ... Vaquero (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Barfly (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Dad - Old Soldier (uncredited)
Earle Foxe ... Gambler (uncredited)
Don Garner ... James Earp (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Barber (uncredited)
Aleth Hansen ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Duke R. Lee ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fred Libby ... Phin Clanton (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Simpson's Sister (uncredited)
Margaret Martin ... Woman (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... François - the Chef (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Faro Dealer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Frances Rey ... Woman (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Sam Clanton (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Indian Charlie (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Luke (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Samuel G. Engel (screen play) and
Winston Miller (screen play)

Sam Hellman (from a story by)

Stuart N. Lake (based on a book by)

Produced by
Samuel G. Engel .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joe MacDonald)
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer (film editor)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
René Hubert (costumes) (as Rene Hubert)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Sonntag .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred J. Rode .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Ray C. Moore .... location manager (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... double: Russell Simpson (uncredited)
Blake Lucas .... special thanks (pre-release version print)
James Pepper .... special thanks (pre-release version print)
Bill Prud'homme .... special thanks (pre-release version print)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Ford's My Darling Clementine" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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97 min | Spain:102 min | 103 min (pre-release version) | West Germany:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1995) | USA:Approved (certificate #11591) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

The first movie John Ford directed after the end of World War II.See more »
Factual errors: The ages of the Earp brothers is reversed. In the movie, James is in his late teens, Virgil is in his twenties, Wyatt is about thirty, and Morgan is well into his thirties. In actuality, at the time of the OK Corral gunfight, James was 40, Virgil was 38, Wyatt was 33, and Morgan was 30.See more »
Wyatt Earp:Mac, you ever been in love?
Mac:No, I've been a bartender all me life.
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58 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Flawless acting, direction and photography combine to produce the pinnacle of the western genre., 28 May 2001
Author: Steven Mears ( from Clifton, Virginia

Absolute perfection. Without a doubt, `My Darling Clementine' has secured its place in film immortality, resting proudly at the top of the list of the finest westerns ever made. It represents the genre at its peak and the career high point of all involved, including director John Ford and star Henry Fonda. `Clementine' achieves the difficult blend of drama, action, romance and occasional comic relief necessary to appeal to all viewers. This is the kind of film at which Ford excelled - straightforward and powerful, sentimental but never maudlin. It is needless to say that this is the definitive portrayal of Wyatt Earp and the gunfight at the OK Corral. It may not be the grittiest, most penetrating or historically accurate rendition, but it mixes just the right quantities of realism, legend and Hollywood magic. Its characterizations leave no room for improvement. Henry Fonda was born to play Earp. His folksy, unpretentious demeanor, coupled with the hard edge of a man who must occasionally deal out justice through the barrel of his gun, produce a multidimensional performance that others approaching the role could only dream of. With his portrayal of the tubercular Doc Holliday, Victor Mature forever shed his light image and began a series of solid dramatic roles. Other actors have played Holliday as flamboyant and eccentric, but Mature is effective in approaching him as a fatalist who has relinquished his aspirations of greatness and now lives life one day at a time. He forms an alliance with Earp because he has nothing better to do, and nothing else to live for. Walter Brennan's Old Man Clanton is a study in evil personified, and will certainly shock viewers who know him only as the crotchety but lovable grandfather he played on so many occasions. The rest of the cast is uniformly fine, featuring many members of Ford's `stock company' which followed him throughout his career. Ford's direction is strong and sure-footed. Although this was familiar territory for him, he was careful to instill each scene with a certain degree of uniqueness so the film would never appear routine. In this he was entirely successful, and a brief glance at his filmography confirms that this holds true throughout his body of work. The cinematography is breathtaking. Vast outdoor imagery and intimate gatherings of people are conveyed in an equally compelling manner. Earp's soliloquy at his brother's gravestone, a church dance sequence and the gunfight itself are among the film's many highlights. Only so much praise can be given in a review such as this; it must be seen to be appreciated.

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