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My Darling Clementine (1946) Poster

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Director John Ford, who in his youth had known the real Wyatt Earp, claimed the way the OK Corral gunfight was staged in this film was the way it was explained to him by Earp himself, with a few exceptions.
Tombstone, Arizona, is not located in Monument Valley. John Ford "placed" it there because Monument Valley is where he liked to film his Westerns.
According to Henry Fonda in 1976 Darryl F. Zanuck's first choice for Doc Holliday was James Stewart but he was overruled by John Ford who didn't believe Stewart could do the part.
An alternate "preview" version of this film exists. In the 1970s, 20th Century Fox donated some film to the UCLA Film Archives. In 1994, it was discovered that the UCLA print was different from the one being shown on TV. It was about 8 minutes longer with minor variations throughout and a slightly different ending. Both this archival 103 or 104 minute version and the 97 minute release version are included on the Fox DVD released on January 6, 2004.
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Henry Fonda's first production after returning from U.S. Navy service in World War II.
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Vincent Price was considered for the role of Doc Holliday.
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John Ireland, who plays Billy Clanton, played Johnny Ringo in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957).
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.
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On 28 April 1947 Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs starred in a live radio version of this film, broadcast on the Lux Radio Theatre.
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Actress Jeanne Crain was scheduled to play Clementine. Studio head Darryl F. Zanuck ruled against her, writing in a memo that the part was so small, Crain fans might be disappointed by not seeing her in more scenes. That's how contract player Cathy Downs got the part instead.
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The pre-release version print has additional footage and a different soundtrack from the released 1946 print and runs 103 minutes.
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Reportedly, Lloyd Bacon worked uncredited on this film with Darryl F. Zanuck re-editing this film in deference to preview comment cards.
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The short 4-note piece the cornet player plays (and repeats) to announce the start of the theatrical performance is the military bugle call for "Attention".
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As the Earps are finishing dinner, James Wyatt pulls out a Celtic Cross and Morgan from a distance notices and comments to Wyatt "There goes that chingadera again."

chingadera noun (fem.) (pl. chingaderas) 1. Mexico - missing translation (an immoral or illegal act, often with the idea of treason or deceit). 2. Mexico - shit, crap (a thing of little value or quality, or an unspecified object). 3. Mexico - bullshit (nonsense, stupidity, false statements). Morgan probably was referring to the 2nd definition.
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Walter Brennan disliked John Ford so much that he never worked with him again. One time when Brennan was having a little trouble getting into the saddle, Ford yelled, "Can't you even mount a horse?" Brennan shot back, "No, but I got three Oscars® for acting!"
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Darryl F. Zanuck had sunk about $2 million into the movie's production and was concerned when he saw John Ford's cut. "You have a certain Western magnificence and a number of character touches that rival your best work, but to me the picture as a whole in its present state is a disappointment," he told Ford. "If the picture does not live up to my own personal anticipation, it will not live up to the anticipation of a paid audience."
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Darryl F. Zanuck insisted that the film be recut and felt there was enough raw footage to make most of the changes. He also insisted he be allowed to do it himself without John Ford's input, saying "You trusted me implicitly on Grapes of Wrath [1940] and How Green Was My Valley [1941]. You did not see either picture until they were playing in the theaters and innumerable times you went out of your way to tell me how much you appreciated the Editorial work."
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The first movie John Ford directed after the end of World War II.
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John Ford contacted a priest from 86 miles away and brought him to the set, which was down a dirt road, to say Mass on Sundays, mandatory for all religions.
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John Ford wanted to shoot in Monument Valley, which had proven to be the perfect site for Stagecoach (1939) and would quickly become his favourite location and the landscape most closely associated with his vision of the Old West. The real town of Tombstone, however, lies at the southern end of the state, closer to the Arizona-Mexico border. So he had a set for the complete town built at a cost of $250,000. Ford also chose Monument Valley because he wanted to bring some business to the economically depressed Navajo community there.
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Walter Brennan, John Ireland, and Grant Withers , were required to do their own riding and shooting in the scene where the clan rides into town during a dust storm. John Ford used a powerful wind machine and told the actors to fire their guns close to the horses' ears to make them ride wild.
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The location shooting took 45 days.
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Nights on location for My Darling Clementine were very peaceful and quiet in this remote area of Utah. The only sound that could be heard most evenings, as on many other John Ford pictures, was the accordion music played by Danny Borzage, the musician brother of director Frank Borzage and a Ford favourite.
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Darryl F. Zanuck forced a reluctant John Ford to film the final kiss between Wyatt and Clementine.
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Either because John Ford objected or was unavailable, Darryl F. Zanuck had studio director Lloyd Bacon shoot the scene of Wyatt standing at his brother James' grave. It's an emotionally affecting scene and closely approximates Ford's pictorial style, but it violates Ford's presentation of Wyatt as a laconic man who doesn't explain or justify himself.
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Winston Miller didn't go on location, so minor dialogue changes were made as needed by producer Sam Engel, who later successfully petitioned for a writing credit, a move that angered both John Ford and Miller. "I asked him once why he was trying to muscle in on my credit," Miller said. "He said, 'On a John Ford picture a producer credit doesn't mean a thing. Everybody knows he's the producer.'" Ford turned his anger back on Miller, accusing him of not thinking "a Ford credit was worth fighting for."
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